The PGA EuroPro Tour finished up for Day 2 with another day of battling all the elements on Thursday 4th April 2019. Players battled out for a spot for Final Stage Q School at Frilford Heath Golf Club in two weeks time.
From suspensions due to frost and heavy rain to snow causing chaos at Macdonald Cardrona here’s a roundup.
Caversham Heath started on time with the rain holding off but that was short lived with play abandoned as of 13:45 due to an onslaught.
Round 1 cards count with 38 going through to Final Qualifying School at Frilford Heath. In this case, amateur Daniel Brown of Littlestone Golf Club took first stage victory with a round of 68 5 under. Thomas Jordan (Langley Park Golf Club), Ben Smith (Sandy Lodge Golf Club), Samuel Whittaker (Blankney Golf Club) and Dongwon Kim (Team R&E) all came in tied second on 4 under. Former professional cricketer for Hampshire and Zimbabwe cricketer Sean Ervine finishing on -1 carding 72.
38 took a place in final qualifying from Caversham Heath in total.
Play was abandoned early on at Donnington Grove due to a heavy downpour that washed out the course.
On Round 1, James Allan, Lars Buijs, and Sam Day of Chelmsford Golf Club, Royal Antwerp and Unattached respectively topped at -3. Australian Daniel Gaunt carded 70, -2 to post the best scores from a wet course in Newbury.
A highlight of the two days being Martyn Thompson, Parkstone Golf Club, with a hole in one on the 15th. He shot a 71 -1.
36 spots were taken for final qualifying.
An early frost cleared up at Macdonald Portal for a full day of play in Tarporley where 39 spots were up for grabs.
John Hickey of Cork Golf Club kept his overnight lead coming out 6 under for the two days shooting 1 over on day two. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Trentham Golf Club leveled with Hickey on -6 after a final round of 72 -1. Naas Golf Club’s Conor O’Rourke shot a brilliant 69 -4 in his final round to end up third.
Hickey said: “I was about halfway through my warm up when I got my text basically when I got there it was just about trying to deal with the conditions the best I could. And try and play the steady golf as possible try not to try and do anything crazy, play lots of pars.
Hickey on Frilford Heath: “I’m looking forward to Frilford. I’ve played one of the courses there and I think it’s very good. In terms of my preparation, I’ve been doing a lot of work on all parts of my game over winter and it’s just the case of continuing that work. Trying to stay as sharp as I can and bring some momentum from this week.”
Macdonald Cardrona had play canceled for the second day due to snow. Play has been rescheduled for Wednesday 10th April 2019 where it’ll be contested over 18 holes.
The final number of qualifying spots will be determined by a percentage of the field once play is underway. Players can withdraw through The EuroPro Tournament office before 3 pm on Friday 5th April 2019 for a full refund.
Studley Wood managed to escape the neighbouring rain that impacted play at Donnington Grove and Caversham Heath.
With the green staff and PGA working wonders on the course it continued with American Brendan Peel coming out on top overall for 7 under with Michael Farrier-Twist of Sedlescombe Golf Club trailing on 5 under through his 36 holes. Overnight leader Jinpyo Ahn shot +8 finishing on Par overall.
The highlight of the day came from James Ruebotham, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club, who shot 7 birdies in Round 2, 4 consecutively on a tough day at Studley. Ruebotham had the lowest round of the day, only eight players were under par.
39 spots were taken from Studley Wood for the final stage of qualifying.
Players are competing to earn the highest possible category on the 2019 PGA EuroPro Tour. All those progressing to Final Stage will earn at least a category 14, with golfers making the Final Stage cut earning a minimum category 10 and the top 30 earning category 3.