You have reached the age of 50 can still play to a very good standard and think you could make a living playing on the European Senior Tour and want to give it a try. You can’t just turn up to play there is an extensive qualifying process to go through which involves playing at the Pestana Group’s golf courses in the Algarve.
First qualifying has taken place last week over the courses at Silves and Gramacho. At the latter, 67 players competed over two rounds and the first 30 qualified for the next stage. There were some very high scores including a Finnish amateur golfer who scored 96 and 91 for his two rounds. To qualify you got in with 7 over par for the two rounds and the two leaders tied at 3 under par. It was a similar story at Silves where again the top 27 qualified and 8 over par got you a chance to progress. The leader shot 5 under par and a certain American amateur golfer took 87 and 84 strokes to finish in 61st place. Hope he enjoyed his trip.
Vale Da Pinta in the AlgarveSo having made the first cut you would now move onto the final qualifying round at the Vale Da Pinta golf course which started today where you would be competing with 75 other players. If after 3 rounds you are within 8 shots of the 5th placed player you then pay another 18 holes. If you then finish in the top 5 you get your all-important players card.
Now the standard rises considerably and after the first round today there are two players tied at 5 under par. Peter Renton from the team at Glencor Golf Holidays lucky enough to play in a pro-am with the Ormskirk based golfer David Shacklady last summer at Moor Allerton and he is in the Algarve trying to get that elusive card. Peter couldn’t have been more impressed with him when he played with him. It was a lesson in how to play golf. He didn’t hit it 300 yards, he just kept the ball in play and his short game was superb. He made scoring under par around the tough Moor Allerton course look so easy it was ridiculous. He has made a good start and is currently one under par tied for 8th place. We really hope he gets into the top 5 but if he doesn’t it just shows how difficult it is to get your full card. If he can’t make it the standard must be extremely high.
Still want to try next year then why not get some practice in at the Pestana courses with our special offers at Pestana Dom Joao II in Alvor, or the all inclusive golf holiday option, Pestana Delfim Hotel. There are some great deals available at the moment and although you might not be able to shoot 5 under par you will have a good chance to better our American friends 87 and 84 for two rounds and it won’t cost you anywhere as much.