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The PGA EuroPro Tour has announced that amateurs with a handicap of two or less will be able to compete in Monday Qualifiers
PGA EuroPro Tour: Amateurs To Compete In Monday Qualifiers
Amateurs with a handicap of two or better will now be able to compete in the PGA EuroPro Tour’s new Monday Qualifiers, after approval was granted by The R&A.
Just last month, the historic move to launch Monday Qualifiers on the EuroPro Tour was announced, so this latest news is another shot in the arm for the third-tier circuit.
To qualify for the main tournament, players must finish in the top-five of the 18-hole shoot-out.
Reacting to the news, Barry Hearn OBE, Chairman of the PGA EuroPro Tour, said: “The news that amateurs will be able to test their mettle on Europe’s finest development tour by competing in Monday Qualifiers is fantastic for all involved. We see it as a brilliant opportunity.
“I have always been keen to eliminate barriers to entry and to offer opportunity to all within a diverse and open environment and this further extends our belief in developing the best up-and-coming golfers on Europe’s best platform for developmental golf.”
Such is the quality of the competition that two players who competed at Q-school for the 2021 EuroPro season - Matty Lamb and Jake Bolton - were recently announced in the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup squad to take on the USA in May.
It is the Tour’s aim to host a Monday Qualifier ahead of every regular tournament - subject to any local Covid-19 restrictions and logistics - starting with the Donnington Grove event that gets underway on June 9th.
Entry will be £50 for Tour members and £75 for non-members, which will be subtracted from the £295 entry fee if the player qualifies.
The 2021 PGA EuroPro Tour kicks off at Luton Hoo, Golf & Spa, with the three-day tournament taking place from May 12-14.
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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