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Alexander Bjork takes Q-School win at Wychwood Park
September 27, 2012

The European Tour Qualifying School First Stage came to a close today at De Vere Wychwood Park, as some of Europe's top amateurs and promising professionals moved a step closer to becoming members of the European Tour. Alexander Bjork from Sweden finished in first place after firing a two-under par 70, at the Cheshire-based venue for a four-round total of 4-under par. He will be joined by 22 other competitors from the qualifier at De Vere Wychwood Park in the Second Stage of the competition, including a host of ex-Walker Cup players, such as Jonathan Caldwell, Michael Stewart, and reigning British Amateur Champion, Alan Dunbar.

"The course is very good and the fairways and greens are excellent. We couldn't have asked for a better venue. The conditions were perfect, especially considering the weather that we've had all week," noted Bjork. "I've never played in the UK before this week and I wasn't expecting the course to be so undulating, but that gave the course great character. I really enjoyed it!"

The 7,213 yard championship course has provided a stern test for some of Europe's best prospects since 2010 and is widely considered to be one of the premier championship venues in the UK having hosted a number of professional tournaments in recent years. Highlighting the popularity of the venue and the diversity of the field was the eight different nationalities that made up the 23 qualifiers. Although one player that benefitted from home advantage was Wychwood Park professional, Jason Timmis, who qualified in 9 th place after impressive closing rounds of 68 and 71. In the 23 rd and final qualifying spot was Iain Pyman, who is the most prolific ever winner on the European Challenge Tour with 8 victories.

"I think it has been a challenge, evidenced by the high scoring, but the feedback from all of the players has been brilliant," commented Jon Farmer, Director of Golf, Wychwood Park. "We've had a busy few weeks, having hosted both the EuroPro Tour last month, but we're delighted with how things have gone and we've witnessed some great golf by some of Europe's best up-and-coming players. Alexander played great all week, but most importantly for us, all the players have all been rich in praise for the quality of the course. We're a championship venue and although we make it playable for our members during club competitions, we really feel that we can present a challenge that can test the best players in the game. We're already looking forward to next year!"

The championship course at Wychwood Park is one of 11 De Vere venues involved in the revolutionary De Vere Club. Offering golfers the opportunity to play at 16 courses across the country the De Vere Club has set a new precedent for modern, flexible membership schemes. Priced at just £295 per year, its flexibility has given a wide appeal amongst families, businessmen and the avid golfer, with the membership experiencing a significant uptake over the last two years with over 10,000 new members. Members not only have the choice of a variety of courses, but of some of the best venues in the UK.




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