Former England International Jimmy Bullard secured his place at the final stage of PGA EuroPro Tour Qualifying School after making it through local qualifying.

The 34-year-old shot rounds of 75 and 76 in tough conditions at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club to qualify for next week’s final stage at Frilford Heath.

“The first round was steady for me. I felt like I could have played better, but it was difficult in the wind. On Thursday we had a lot of snow but everyone is in the same boat,” said Bullard.

“It was a little bit into the unknown for me. It was a different pressure, but I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t sleep last night, I just wanted to get out there again.

“I have enjoyed it so much and it has given me a bit of direction in my life. I finished playing football in late October and coming out of a sport you have played for 15 years, it goes stone dead and it is quite a surreal feeling.

“I had quite a weird feeling going on in myself, and golf has got me out of trouble a little bit.

The Players Club in Bristol and De Vere Oulton Hall were the other two host venues for the first-stage qualifiers. In total, 196 golfers progressed to Frilford Heath.