The Lumine Golf Resort complex in Tarragona, Costa Dorada, is the venue for the final rounds of the qualifying competition to obtain a players card to play on next years European Tour and it is being held this week.
Some 150 competitors played 4 rounds before the cut reduced the field to 75 players who were fighting to get into the top 25 places to obtain the golden ticket to get into next years Race To Dubai. Four level par rounds over the picturesque and tough Lumine Lakes course wouldn’t be good enough to get through to the final 75 which shows how high the standard of competition was. Some previous tour winners like Simon Dyson and the Australian Richard Green were just two of the well known names that failed to make the cut and will have to rely on sponsor’s invitations to compete next year.
At the moment the leader is 19 under par and the player in the final qualifying spot is 10 under par with 2 holes of his round to go. He gets his card providing he makes no worse than two pars and just imagine the pressure that he is under to do that. The whole of 2018 is on the line for him and a bogey at either of the closing holes would basically shatter his plans for next year and devastate the amount he could possibly earn.
Th euphoria of winning your card after all that hard work must be quite something and it would be great to dream about the possibilities for the following year. However the experiences of last years graduates on this years tour may present a cloud on the horizon. Only one of the graduates Eddie Pepperell has made the elite top sixty players who are competing in Dubai this week and only 3 of last years 30 qualifiers managed to retain their card which means that 27 of them have had to go back to qualifying school and start the grind all over again. Never think that being a professional golfer is an easy life.
If you would like the chance to compare your play with that of the aspiring professionals why not play at the Lumine Resort and see how close you could be compared to a European Tour player?