8th November 2017
John Parry took one step closer to securing European Tour playing rights for 2018 after a solid week at Second Qualifying Stage at the Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort, Spain.
With 75 of Europe’s golfers battling it out for the 21 spots available for the Final Qualifying Stage, John Parry came flying out of the blocks in Spain as he continued his search for his 2018 European Tour card.
A scintillating start to the week saw John card a six-under par first round, including seven birdies to put himself in a commanding position as he finished the first day in Spain up in T7. An up and down second round saw John card five birdies but was only able to finish the day on level-par – remaining inside the week’s top-twenty.
Not carding an over-par round all week, John’s two final level-par rounds saw the Arbuthnot Latham-sponsored golfer finish the week in T14 on six-under par as he gained his spot for the final stage of Qualifying School, this week at Lumine Golf Club, Spain.
Unfortunately, Nick Marsh didn’t have similar success in his qualifying tournament as he narrowly missed out on gaining a spot at the final stage but has secured full Challenge Tour status for 2018 after finishing 4th on the PGA EuroPro Order of Merit.
Turning attention back to this year’s European Tour, Jordan Smith made the cut for the 24th time out of 29 attempts this season as he battled illness to secure more crucial Race to Dubai points as the season draws ever closer to its conclusion.
A great start to the week for Jordan at the Turkish Airlines Open saw the Aggreko-sponsored golfer card a two-under par first round to sit nicely in T19 heading into the second day in Turkey. In the second round of the sixth Rolex Series event of the year, Jordan began to surge up the leaderboard as he carded a sensational four-under par round to move up to T9.
As the tournament moved in the weekend, Jordan suddenly fell under the weather and this effected his performance in the third round as he carded a three-over par round and slipped down the order to T37. Continuing to battle through his illness, Jordan fought to card a level-par final round as he finished his week in Turkey in T42 – picking up 31,538 Race to Dubai points but slipping down a place to 21st on the Order of Merit.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf at MB Partners, was impressed with John’s performance in Second Qualifying Stage.
“John had a really strong week in Spain and his opening round put him in a great position for the rest of the week. John has always enjoyed qualifying school, winning in 2012, so it’s great to see him shoot low and progress to the final stage. With the leading 25 players and ties gaining category 17 status for 2018, John has a really important week ahead and I’m fully confident he can deliver and do himself proud.”
This week sees John Parry tackle the Final Qualifying Stage at Lumina Golf Club, Spain, whilst Jordan Smith prepares for the seventh Rolex Series event of the year and the penultimate tournament of 2017 – the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player at the Gary Player Country Club, South Africa.