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European Tour hopefuls take on Qualifying School Final Stage challenge at PGA Catalunya Resort

November 15, 2013

PGA Catalunya Resort , Barcelona, home of Spain's No. 1 golf course, will welcome once more The European Tour's Qualifying School Final Stage, from November 10-15, 2013.

This will be the sixth consecutive year the finale of the three-stage event will take place over the venue's two critically acclaimed Stadium and Tour courses, where 156 professionals and leading amateurs will battle for playing privileges on The European Tour in 2014.

The Final Stage will be contested over six rounds with 70 players and ties making the cut after the first four. The final two rounds will both be played on the recently upgraded 6,705-metre (7,333-yard) Stadium Course, which became the highest ranked Spanish course in Golf World's new 'Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe' listing.

Only the top 25 and ties will collect their Tour cards at PGA Catalunya Resort, a new European Tour Destination, and earn one of golf's most coveted prizes, namely membership of The European Tour and a place among the golfing elite.

Both courses will provide a fitting arena for the nerve-jangling, season-closing contest which sees young hopefuls, including Italy's Marco Crespi, winner of the 2013 Mugello Tuscany Open, and England's Oliver Fisher, the 2011 Czech Open finalist, join former Ryder Cup players Phillip Price of Wales, Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Oliver Fisher of England, as well as returning Qualifying School Final Stage contenders Nick Dougherty and David Dixon to qualify for the lucrative Race to Dubai.

"Recent years have seen PGA Catalunya Resort develop into one of Europe's finest resorts. The recent enhancements and course upgrades it has undertaken have ensured The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage challenge remains one of golf's ultimate tests," commented Mike Stewart, European Tour Qualifying School Director.

"The whole team at PGA Catalunya Resort should be applauded for the outstanding condition of both the Stadium and Tour courses, as well as the meticulous attention to detail all members of staff put into the intensive preparation and maintenance regime they adhere to in the run-up to the Qualifying School Final.

"The week is naturally a stressful time for the players, but at least they know the courses they are playing on will be in the best possible shape as they strive to secure their playing privileges on The European Tour."

He added: "Many of those who are successful will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on The European Tour by participating in the South African Open in Johannesburg which kicks off The 2014 Race to Dubai, a week later."

Based ten miles south of Girona in the north-east of Spain, the 36-hole resort boasts two championship layouts alongside state of the art practice facilities, and is the latest European Tour Destination to be added to the portfolio of world-class venues.

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