The Ivobank PGA EuroPro Tour is well represented at the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School in Spain this week as the highest number ever of Tour players past and present aim for the top tier.
Jamie Moul (pictured) will be full of confidence ahead of the six-round final stage which starts on Thursday at PGA Golf de Catalunya in Girona, Spain. Moul (Stoke by Nayland) finished tied in first spot in the second stage qualifier at Costa Ballena Club de Golf where Scotsman Graham Gordon also qualified. Paul Maddy (Gog Magog) was one of a number of EuroPro players to miss out by a whisker – Maddy doing so in an eight man play-off.
Simon Thornton (Royal County Down) capped a fine season on Tour by qualifying at Arcos Gardens in Jerez. Thornton finished ninth in the Order of Merit this year with a victory at Bovey Castle and won the Peak Performance Player of the Month final at The Players Club in Bristol. The Irishman was joined in Jerez by Matthew Ford (Marriott Tudor Park) and Tom Haylock (HES) who fell in a play-off for the final two spots available at Arcos Gardens.
Montenmedio Golf and Country Club in Cadiz saw John Parry (Harrogate GC) and Peter Richardson (Eden GC) make it to Catalunya, but Nicky Harris (Whitefield GC) and Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool) missed out on qualification by one stroke and lost in a six-man play-off.
The fourth venue for the second stage was Sherry Golf in Jerez where Andrew Crux and Matthew Mills (Wentworth) secured their places at the final stage – with Mark Laskey and Jamie Harris adding their names to those who narrowly missed out.
Guy Woodman – a winner on the EuroPro Tour in 2007 – came through at Montenmedio, while the likes of Lloyd Saltman, Matthew Cryer and Dale Whitnell have all appeared on the Tour this year. Andrew Oldcorn played in five events on Tour this year and he takes part in Catalunya 25 years after winning European Tour qualifying school in 1983.
The final day in Spain is Tuesday 18 November and we will update the site on the progress of the players from the EuroPro Tour. Skybet have priced up the final stage, with Moul 66/1 to build on his second round success with victory – [url=http://www.skybet.com/skybet?action=GoEvType&id=718]click here to have a punt.[/url] Date Posted: 11/11/08