17th November 2016
John Parry enjoyed the perfect 30th birthday this week, as he secured his European Tour card for 2017 thanks to an excellent performance at the final stage of qualifying school. Knowing heading into the week that he would need to finish in the top 25 for the week, John delivered when it really mattered, finishing tied in 9th at the PGA Catalunya Resort.
The nerve-wracking, mammoth 108-hole contest saw 156 players pit their wits against the six-day long contest before only the top thirty managed to secure the all-elusive European Tour cards. Boasting an impressive previous record at Qualifying School, including winning the final stage in 2012, Parry headed into the week relatively confident of his chances.
A one-under par opening round started the week off in solid fashion for the Yorkshire-based golfer. This was then backed up by a three-under par second round which helped lift Parry up into the upper echelons of the tournament leader board. After another one-under par round on the Monday meant that at the halfway stage of the week, Parry was well-placed in T13 on five under par.
Tuesday’s fourth round of the week proved a more difficult one for John as he carded a three-over par round thanks to a bogey, bogey, bogey finish. This meant that John made the cut and entered the final thirty-six holes in T45 on two-under par, with some work left to do.
Parry duly bounced back on the penultimate day as a strong back nine saw him card a three-under par fifth round to leave him placed in T22 on five-under heading into the final day. The Yorkshireman would have been forgiven a few nerves heading into the final day as it looked set to be a close finish as he sought to finish inside the week’s top twenty-five.
However, Parry has established a reputation for consistently delivering at Q-School when it really matters and none more so than here on the day of his final round where he was also celebrating his 30th birthday! Three final birdies on the back nine saw John record a four-under par final round that left him on nine under for the week. This meant that John secured his European Tour card with relative ease as he finished the week tied in ninth.
MB Partners’ Head of Golf, Duncan Maxim, was pleased that John had proved yet again that he is the man to deliver when it really matters.
“It’s another fantastic achievement by Paz, especially given the torrid time he’s had this season. But he has such fight and determination; that when he has to deliver under the pressure cooker of Qualifying School, you never really fear for him. It would be naive to think it’s a foregone conclusion that he will earn his European Tour card back, but I always feel he will pull it off. The key for us now is to make sure we don’t return to PGA Catalunya, as his quality is undoubted. We need to build upon this for next season and start to deliver what we all know he is capable of.”
This week’s result means that Parry will enjoy Category 17 Membership for the European Tour and Category 5 Membership for the Challenge Tour for the 2017 season.