European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage R1

Catlin takes early lead at Final Stage

November 15-20
Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6


John Catlin carded a flawless six under par round of 65 to charge into an early lead at European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Lumine Golf Club.

European Q-School R1 - Catlin takes early lead at Final Stage
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“It’s only one of six rounds and it’s definitely a nice way to start but there’s still a long way to go. I remember liking this track at last year’s event and the Hills was the course I definitely struggled on, so to come out and take full advantage of that was a good way to start.

Catlin came into the event less than a week after securing his fourth Asian Tour victory in Thailand and continued in the same form, recording six birdies and 12 pars on the Lakes Course as he looks to secure an immediate return to the European Tour.

“Winning my fourth title on the Asian Tour and to win in Thailand where I’ve been living for the past three years was a great feeling. I know if I can take care of what I can take care of then I’ve got every chance of contending and I’ve given myself the best chance possible.


The 29-year-old admitted he relished the opportunity to compete in Europe for the first time this season, with his best finish a tie for 12th at Made in Denmark presented by FREJA, but knows there is still a long way to go before he seals his 2020 playing rights in the six-round contest in Tarragona.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic to compete in Europe. It’s made me a better golfer for sure. You can see the difference coming from the Asian Tour to the European Tour which is the next step up and the margin of error is just that much smaller.”

He will begin day two with a one-shot advantage over a group of six players on five under par, which includes 2018 Final Stage joint-champion Alejandro Cañizares, Dane Benjamin Poke, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, Sami Valimaki from Finland, England’s Toby Tree and Italian Lorenzo Scalise.

Meanwhile Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who narrowly missed out on his European Tour card after finishing 16th at the Challenge Tour Grand Final last week, German Hurly Long and Italian Aron Zemmer, who won the European Tour Qualifying School Second Stage event at Club de Golf Bonmont, sit one shot further back on four under par.


“I’m really happy with what I did at the Challenge Tour Grand Final, said Robin Sciot-Siegrist. “I believe that for me, missing the top 15 was not a matter of how I played last week, it was other moments during the year. Last week was my best result of the year.

“Obviously I finished 16th, it was hard to swallow, two years ago I finished 17th, so it’s getting there. I’m improving every year.


“I’m playing this course that I know pretty well, so I just have to continue the way I have been, because it works.”

Catlin returns to action on the Hills Course at 9:50am local time, with Cañizares also continuing his bid to regain his European Tour card on the Hills Course at 10:20am.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
CATLIN, John
-6
65
2
VALIMAKI, Sami
-5
67
TREE, Toby
-5
67
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-5
67
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-5
66
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
-5
66
POKE, Benjamin
-5
67
8
WALKER, Euan
-4
67
LONG, Hurly
-4
67
ZEMMER, Aron
-4
68
8
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-4
68
LEMKE, Niklas
-4
67
ORIOL, Pedro
-4
67
HAVRET, Grégory
-4
68
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-4
68
16
QUESNE, Julien
-3
68
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-3
68
SADDIER, Adrien
-3
68
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
-3
68
CHOI, Jinho
-3
68
WHITNELL, Dale
-3
69
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-3
69
SANDBORG, Jesper
-3
69
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-3
68
ERIKSSON, Philip
-3
68
16
KIM, Minkyu
-3
68
CANTER, Laurie
-3
68
SCHIETEKAT, Neil
-3
69
GREGORY, Scott
-3
68
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-3
68
CHAWRASIA, S.S.P.
-3
69
BESSELING, Wil
-3
69
33
COUPLAND, Dave
-2
69
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-2
69
VIRTO, Borja
-2
69
YOUNG, Daniel
-2
69
HUTCHINSON, Ben
-2
69
NIENABER, Wilco
-2
69
PETERSSON, Robin
-2
70
RUMFORD, Brett
-2
70
MATUS, Stanislav
-2
70
DE JAGER, Louis
-2
69
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
69
VAN TONDER, Daniel
-2
69
WRISDALE, Jordan
-2
69
GANDY, Tom
-2
70
KRUYSWIJK, Jacques
-2
69
REITAN, Kristoffer
-2
70
DAWSON, Robin
-2
70
50
SLATTERY, Lee
-1
71
MCLEOD, Jake
-1
70
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
-1
71
WINDRED, Blake
-1
71
FICHARDT, Darren
-1
71
DIXON, David
-1
71
NILSSON, Åke
-1
70
FAHRBRING, Jens
-1
70
LEON, Hugo
-1
71
LACROIX, Frederic
-1
71
SAAVEDRA, Sebastien
-1
71
FELTON, Jarryd
-1
70
ZUNIC, Jordan
-1
70
RITCHIE, JC
-1
71
VAN WEST, Robbie
-1
70
ROTTLUFF, Max
-1
71
WARREN, Marc
-1
71
EVANS, Ben
-1
71
ONEAL, Timothy
-1
70
HAWKES, Simon
-1
70
CANNON, Christopher
-1
71
PIGEM, Carlos
-1
71
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-1
71
DREDGE, Bradley
-1
70
KEARNEY, Niall
-1
71
McGOWAN, Ross
-1
71
MURRAY, Zach
-1
70
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-1
70
KEMMER, Dodge
-1
70
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-1
70
80
HENSON, Berry
PAR
72
HOEY, Michael
PAR
71
PERRIER, Damien
PAR
71
STAL, Gary
PAR
71
BOURDY, Grégory
PAR
72
LAWSON, Deyen
PAR
71
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
PAR
72
HOWIE, Craig
PAR
72
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
PAR
72
BJORNSSON, Andri
PAR
72
JOHNSTON, Liam
PAR
72
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
PAR
72
KARLSSON, Anton
PAR
71
LIMA, José-Filipe
PAR
71
ROOS, Jake
PAR
72
FDEZ-CASTAÑO, Gonzalo
PAR
71
FENASSE, Mathieu
PAR
71
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
PAR
71
GROS, Sébastien
PAR
72
KARLBERG, Rikard
PAR
72
COUSSAUD, Ugo
PAR
71
LINDBERG, Mikael
PAR
71
RUUSKA, Lauri
PAR
72
HANNA, Chase
PAR
72
FERGUSON, Ewen
PAR
71
HIGGO, Garrick
PAR
72
106
EASTON, Bryce
1
73
HELLGREN, Björn
1
73
HIDALGO, Angel
1
72
LEE, Taehee
1
73
FERGUSON, Ben
1
72
SORDET, Clément
1
72
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
1
72
KASKE, Janne
1
72
STOW, Ben
1
72
LENGDEN, Oscar
1
72
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
1
73
WATTEL, Romain
1
72
THOMSON, Jonathan
1
73
DONALDSON, Jamie
1
73
MUTHIYA, Madalitso
1
73
TILEY, Steven
1
73
COCKERILL, Aaron
1
73
123
LINARD, Thomas
2
73
KIM, Sihwan
2
73
MICHELUZZI, David
2
74
SCHMITT, Max
2
74
FLANAGAN, Nick
2
74
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
74
KAHLOS, Juuso
2
74
PETURSSON, Bjarki
2
74
GILCHREST, Matt
2
73
GEARY, Josh
2
74
MULROY, Garth
2
74
KING, Gary
2
74
SIEM, Marcel
2
73
SIMONSEN, Martin
2
74
GAVINS, Daniel
2
74
ENEFER, Will
2
73
139
FISHER JNR, Trevor
3
75
ENOCH, Rhys
3
75
ROSENMÜLLER, Thomas
3
74
MAUCHAZA, Nyasha
3
74
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
3
75
BALDWIN, Matthew
3
74
GLENNEMO, Jacob
3
74
WEBSTER, Steve
3
74
VEERMAN, Johannes
3
74
MRUZEK, Filip
3
75
149
HIRST, Louis
4
75
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
4
75
BRISCOE, Ben
4
76
152
SJÖHOLM, Joel
5
76
JONES, Jimmy
5
76
QUINONES, Douglas
5
76
155
MANASSERO, Matteo
6
78
156
GUSTAVSSON, Fredrik
9
81