Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mullen, Chesters and Dunne advance to Final Q School

Walker Cup standouts advance to final stage of European Tour Q-School

UAB's Paul Dunne during Sunday stroke play at the 2015 Men's NCAA Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla.
Paul Dunne in action ( Tracy Wilcox )

Victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup players Jimmy Mullen, Ashley Chesters and Paul Dunne have secured places for the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying.
Team-mates Gavin Moynihan, Gary Hurley and Jack Hume all missed out after failing to get through Second Stage, which ended at four venues in Spain on Monday.
Mullen, who won four out of four matches to help GB and I win this year's Walker Cup, took pride of place among his Walker Cup peers. The Englishman finished first at El Saler, returning a 16-under-par 272 to win the stage by four shots over Sweden’s Christopher Feldborg Nielsen.
Five-time European Tour winner Jarmo Sandelin, a member of the 1999 European Ryder Cup team, was one of 18 players who qualified at El Saler. The 48-year-old Swede finished joint 11th.
Former Scottish open amateur stroke-play champion Moynihan missed by 11 shots at this evenue after returning an 8-over-par 296. Other notables missing at El Saler were former Texas A and M player Andrea Pavan, who missed by one shot. Ex-Stanford player Dodge Kemmer missed by two shots. 
England’s Garrick Porteous, the 2013 British Amateur champion, failed to qualify by eight strokes, while two-time GB and I Walker Cup player Stiggy Hodgson was nine shots off the pace.
Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, currently No. 3 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, finished joint third at Las Colinas with an 11-under-par 273, six shots behind pacesetter Philipp Mejow of Germany. 
Americans Michael B. Welch and Daniel Woltman were among the 19 qualifiers. They finished 16th and 18th respectively.
Former Augusta State player Jamie Elson and one-time East Tennessee State Player Rhys Enoch failed to advance by two shots.
Chesters finished equal seventh at Panoramica, nine shots behind joint winners Brian Casey of Ireland and Spanish amateur Scott Fernandez, whose mother Julie comes from the English Midlands.
Scotland’s Bradley Neil, the 2014 British Amateur champion, took one of the 18 spots with a T11 finish.
Hume missed out in a six-man play-off for one spot at Panoramica. That place went to former British boys champion Emilio Cuartero Blanco of Spain, a University of Missouri graduate.
Dunne advanced at Lumine Golf and Beach Club after taking one of two spots in a six-man playoff. He needed an extra six holes after finishing on 10-under-par 274. England’s Daniel Gavin took the number one spot with a 19-under-par 265.
Hurley missed a place at Final Stage by three shots. Alan Dunbar, the 2012 British Amateur winner, missed by four strokes. 
Reigning British Amateur champion Romain Langasque fell short of advancing by eight shots. However, the Frenchman has retained his amateur status and is still eligible to play in next year’s Masters.
Final stage starts Saturday at PGA Catalunya Resort where the top 25 and ties after six rounds earn cards for the 2016 European Tour.



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