Stuart Manley, who graduated from the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour, has gained his 2014 European Tour playing rights after finishing tied eighth at European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.
Manley finished third on last seasonâ€™s rankings, earning his 2013 Challenge Tour card. Despite winning the Finnish Challenge, Manley finished 19th on the Challenge Tour Rankings, just missing out on his European Tour card.
However, his impressive performance in Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya Resort means he will return to European golfâ€™s top level. The Welshman played 23 events on the European Tour in 2011 and played over 30 times on the top tier tour in both 2005 and 2008.
James Heath, Rookie Of The Year in 2010 on the PGA EuroPro Tour, finished tied 12th to gain his European Tour card. Heath graduated in 2010 after winning Tour Championship to come fourth on the EuroPro Order of Merit.
Manley and Heath were joined in the top 25 at Qualifying School by James Morrison, a 2007 PGA EuroPro Tour member, Daniel Brooks who was a EuroPro player between 2007 and 2009, and 2003-2009 member Jack Doherty.
PGA EuroPro Tour Director of Operations Daniel Godding said: “I am delighted to see Stuart regain his European Tour card. I was at Q School this week and the standard of play was superb.
“Stuart deserves his success and everybody at the PGA EuroPro Tour wishes him the very best of luck on the European Tour.”
A number of current and former PGA EuroPro Tour players also gained Challenge Tour categories via Q School. These include 2011 Order of Merit winner Chris Hanson, who finished tied 40th to gain a category 20 European Tour card and category nine membership of the 2014 Challenge Tour.