Six hopeful of securing European Tour Cards

Six hopeful of securing European Tour Cards

December 3rd, 2010

SIX past and present members of the PGA EuroPro Tour will be aiming for a life-changing week as they play in the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

Elliot Saltman (pictured), Lloyd Saltman, Lawrence Dodd, James Robinson, Paul Dwyer and Tom Whitehouse are only 108 holes away from joining Europe’s elite on the European Tour.

They are part of more than 150 hopefuls who will be playing at the PGA Golf Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, from Saturday to Thursday.

A top 30 place at the end of six days’ play will be enough to secure their spots in the 2011 European Tour season.

James Robinson made EuroPro Tour history in August when, aged 21, he became the first amateur to win an event after triumphing at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

A good performance over the next week would complete an incredible rise – from getting a sponsor’s invite and then winning on the EuroPro Tour to being a professional on the European Tour in the space of four months.

Lloyd Saltman and Lawrence Dodd have also both been playing on the Tour this year, while the other three men have previous experience on the Tour.

Dodd will be looking to put the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on a Challenge Tour Card by going one step better and getting his European Tour Card.

He finished 19th in the EPT Order of Merit but was only one shot away from finishing fifth, a position that would have guaranteed him a place on at least the Challenge Tour.

Dodd was involved in a three-man play-off in the end-of-season Tour Championships at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus but lost out to James Heath and missed out on an extra £10,000 in prize money.

Lloyd Saltman played in five EPT events in 2010, making the cut in three of them with his best performance being tied second at Five Lakes, Essex, in September.

His brother Elliot enjoyed a fine year on the EPT in 2009 when he finished inside the top three in three events – at Collingtree Park, Princes Golf Club and Marriott Tudor Park.

He has spent 2010 playing on the Challenge Tour and was second at the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana in June. An appearance in the 2009 Open gave Elliot a taste of the big time and he will be confident of claiming a Tour Card.

Paul Dwyer claimed nine top ten finishes in the 2009 EuroPro Tour season, while Tom Whitehouse won at Marriott Hollins Hall and the Vale of Glamorgan on his way to finishing top of the 2003 Order of Merit.

Each player will play four rounds in Spain – two on the Stadium course and two on the Tour course – with the top 70 and ties advancing to play the final two rounds on the Stadium course.

Danny Nickless, Operations Manager for the EuroPro Tour, said: “We’re delighted these players have qualified for the final stages of European Tour Qualifying and these are just the ones who have come from Pre Qualifying stage 2.

“With all the other ex members competing it promises to be a successful qualifying campaign for graduates of the PGA EuroPro Tour and I wish them all the best with their efforts this week.”

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