Oxfordshire golf club Frilford Heath hosted a four-day leg of the European Tour Qualifying School last week (3-6 October), which saw 104 hopefuls battle it out on the red course for a chance to play in next year’s European Tour.
Peter Tarver-Jones, a previous Europro Tour winner, topped the leader board at Frilford Heath after a rather stressful start to the final day. The 29-year old from Worthing Golf Club left his clubs at home, over 90 minutes away. Thankfully a friend saved the day and hand-delivered them to him, moments before his first round.
The disruptive start didn’t put him off as he ended the tournament nine under par, closely followed by Welsh golfer Mark Laskey who completed the tournament eight under par. A total of 20 players qualified for the second stage and will go on to battle it out in Spain next month before the final.
Daniel Blesovsky, Frilford Heath Golf Manager, said: “It all came good in the end for Peter, thankfully! It was a pretty tense morning to say the least.
“The tournament ended with the Black Tee Challenge which saw members of Frilford Heath and other clubs with an active handicap play the European Tour Qualifying School course. Buckingham Golf Club member, Jason Kerrison took home the accolade after finishing with an impressive 36 points. We wish all the finalists of the Qualifying School the best of luck for the next stage in Spain. Let’s hope they all remember to take their clubs with them!”