European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage R3

Poke pulls ahead at Final Stage

November 15-20
Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6


Benjamin Poke extended his lead to two shots on day three of European Tour Qualifying School as the six-round marathon tournament reached the halfway stage.

European Q-School R3 - Poke pulls ahead at Final Stage
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The Dane, who recently completed a strong rookie season on the European Challenge Tour, carded four birdies and only one bogey to sign for a three under par round of 69 on Lumine Golf Club’s Hills Course.


“It was nice to finish with a flurry of birdies at the end. I was hitting greens from the start but leaving myself some long putts. By the time I got to the back nine I was striking them better and hitting my approach shots a bit closer and I managed to take advantage of that over the closing holes.

“I haven’t really looked at the scoreboards this week or checked online after the round to see how I’m doing and I’ve been watching snooker over the last few days in the evening to take my mind off things.”


The 27-year-old began the day sharing the Final Stage lead, but finished with two late birdies to reach a three-round total of 12 under par— two shots clear of his nearest competitor Lars van Meijel.

The Dutchman, who also narrowly missed out on graduating to the European Tour after a strong campaign on the Challenge Tour’s Road to Mallorca, converted six birdies and an eagle-two on the Hills Course’s par four 12th hole, to sign for a seven under par 65 and move 39 places up the leaderboard.


“It’s a new day tomorrow so I’m just going to try and approach things the same way, enjoy being out here playing and I’m looking forward to going out there and playing the next few days. I’m trying not to think about the top 25 at the moment as I can’t control what other players are doing, I can only try and control how I play and we’ll see where it all ends up at the end of the week.”

Sharing third place on nine under par are India’s S.S.P Chawrasia and overnight joint-leader Toby Tree of England.

The field at Final Stage competes on both the Hills Course and the Lakes Course, and with the leading half all playing the Hills Course on day three, they will now take to the Lakes Course for the all-important fourth round, where the field is reduced to the top 70 and ties.

The low round of the tournament was carded by two players on day three, Will Enefer of England and Australian David Micheluzzi, who were paired together on the Lakes Course and fired eight under par rounds of 63 to both move into a share of 62nd place on two under par, which also stands as the current projected cut line.

“The first two days I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard,” said Enefer, “I was just looking at the playing zone but after today it has completely changed everything, so I am really pleased.


“My playing partner David was also eight under par which helped as well. I was hitting quite a few inside his and he was holing in first so I was like: ‘I can’t let him keep going lower and I’m not.’ So I followed him in and we kept bouncing off of each other.”

Any player surviving the 72-hole cut will be guaranteed a European Challenge Tour card as they battle it out on the Lakes Course over the final two days for a spot in the top 25 and the life-changing European Tour card that comes with it.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
1
POKE, Benjamin
-12
67
67
69
2
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-10
69
71
65
3
CHAWRASIA, S.S.P.
-9
69
66
71
TREE, Toby
-9
67
67
72
5
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-8
68
70
69
DE JAGER, Louis
-8
69
68
70
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-8
68
68
71
SADDIER, Adrien
-8
68
72
67
MCLEOD, Jake
-8
70
69
68
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-8
69
69
69
11
VALIMAKI, Sami
-7
67
68
73
HIGGO, Garrick
-7
72
67
69
COCKERILL, Aaron
-7
73
66
69
GAVINS, Daniel
-7
74
67
67
DIXON, David
-7
71
68
69
16
LONG, Hurly
-6
67
71
71
LEMKE, Niklas
-6
67
70
72
BESSELING, Wil
-6
69
67
73
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-6
67
69
73
CANTER, Laurie
-6
68
71
70
CHOI, Jinho
-6
68
72
69
KIM, Minkyu
-6
68
71
70
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-6
68
72
69
MATUS, Stanislav
-6
70
71
68
HAVRET, Grégory
-6
68
70
71
26
YOUNG, Daniel
-5
69
69
72
PIGEM, Carlos
-5
71
66
73
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-5
68
69
73
PERRIER, Damien
-5
71
72
66
EASTON, Bryce
-5
73
70
66
VAN WEST, Robbie
-5
70
69
71
WALKER, Euan
-5
67
73
70
DREDGE, Bradley
-5
70
71
69
34
CATLIN, John
-4
65
73
73
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
-4
66
71
74
SCHIETEKAT, Neil
-4
69
71
71
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-4
68
71
72
LIMA, José-Filipe
-4
71
68
72
KEMMER, Dodge
-4
70
73
67
COUPLAND, Dave
-4
69
71
71
LEE, Taehee
-4
73
67
71
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-4
70
71
70
WRISDALE, Jordan
-4
69
72
70
HENSON, Berry
-4
72
67
72
WARREN, Marc
-4
71
72
67
46
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-3
73
68
71
ZEMMER, Aron
-3
68
70
74
SORDET, Clément
-3
72
71
68
ZUNIC, Jordan
-3
70
73
68
LEON, Hugo
-3
71
72
68
FICHARDT, Darren
-3
71
72
68
LAWSON, Deyen
-3
71
72
68
NIENABER, Wilco
-3
69
73
70
HOWIE, Craig
-3
72
70
70
KIM, Sihwan
-3
73
70
68
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-3
71
69
72
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-3
69
70
73
WHITNELL, Dale
-3
69
70
73
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
-3
72
74
65
KARLSSON, Anton
-3
71
72
68
RUUSKA, Lauri
-3
72
75
64
62
KAHLOS, Juuso
-2
74
69
69
EVANS, Ben
-2
71
70
72
ONEAL, Timothy
-2
70
71
72
KARLBERG, Rikard
-2
72
70
71
WINDRED, Blake
-2
71
67
75
NILSSON, Åke
-2
70
73
69
ERIKSSON, Philip
-2
68
74
71
ENEFER, Will
-2
73
76
63
MICHELUZZI, David
-2
74
75
63
SIEM, Marcel
-2
73
71
68
GANDY, Tom
-2
70
70
73
SANDBORG, Jesper
-2
69
70
74
STAL, Gary
-2
71
73
68
LINARD, Thomas
-2
73
71
68
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
71
72
69
MURRAY, Zach
-2
70
73
69
DAWSON, Robin
-2
70
71
72
BALDWIN, Matthew
-2
74
69
69
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-2
71
70
72
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-2
66
72
75
82
FELTON, Jarryd
-1
70
77
66
SCHMITT, Max
-1
74
69
70
GEARY, Josh
-1
74
68
72
KRUYSWIJK, Jacques
-1
69
75
69
FENASSE, Mathieu
-1
71
73
69
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-1
70
69
75
SIMONSEN, Martin
-1
74
71
68
PETERSSON, Robin
-1
70
70
74
HANNA, Chase
-1
72
73
68
FISHER JNR, Trevor
-1
75
69
69
ENOCH, Rhys
-1
75
69
69
STOW, Ben
-1
72
72
69
VIRTO, Borja
-1
69
70
75
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-1
72
67
75
KEARNEY, Niall
-1
71
72
70
97
LACROIX, Frederic
PAR
71
72
71
FDEZ-CASTAÑO, Gonzalo
PAR
71
77
66
TILEY, Steven
PAR
73
69
73
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
PAR
72
70
73
HIDALGO, Angel
PAR
72
71
71
CANNON, Christopher
PAR
71
73
70
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
PAR
74
70
70
ROSENMÜLLER, Thomas
PAR
74
70
70
COUSSAUD, Ugo
PAR
71
72
71
REITAN, Kristoffer
PAR
70
71
74
FAHRBRING, Jens
PAR
70
69
76
GREGORY, Scott
PAR
68
75
71
GLENNEMO, Jacob
PAR
74
69
71
MRUZEK, Filip
PAR
75
72
67
111
McGOWAN, Ross
1
71
71
74
VEERMAN, Johannes
1
74
74
67
VAN TONDER, Daniel
1
69
73
74
HELLGREN, Björn
1
73
70
72
RITCHIE, JC
1
71
69
76
ORIOL, Pedro
1
67
72
77
SAAVEDRA, Sebastien
1
71
74
70
KASKE, Janne
1
72
73
70
JONES, Jimmy
1
76
70
69
QUINONES, Douglas
1
76
71
68
121
JOHNSTON, Liam
2
72
69
76
FLANAGAN, Nick
2
74
69
73
RUMFORD, Brett
2
70
72
75
SLATTERY, Lee
2
71
72
73
FERGUSON, Ben
2
72
70
75
BOURDY, Grégory
2
72
70
75
QUESNE, Julien
2
68
74
75
ROTTLUFF, Max
2
71
73
72
PETURSSON, Bjarki
2
74
66
77
BJORNSSON, Andri
2
72
73
71
KING, Gary
2
74
72
70
SJÖHOLM, Joel
2
76
70
70
133
MULROY, Garth
3
74
74
69
HUTCHINSON, Ben
3
69
73
76
MUTHIYA, Madalitso
3
73
72
72
LINDBERG, Mikael
3
71
75
71
137
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
4
72
71
75
WATTEL, Romain
4
72
75
71
THOMSON, Jonathan
4
73
74
71
GROS, Sébastien
4
72
72
74
141
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
5
75
71
73
HAWKES, Simon
5
70
76
73
RITTHAMMER, Bernd
5
68
78
73
144
LENGDEN, Oscar
6
72
71
77
BRISCOE, Ben
6
76
72
72
146
GILCHREST, Matt
7
73
74
74
147
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
8
71
76
75
HOEY, Michael
8
71
79
72
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
8
75
79
68
150
HIRST, Louis
9
75
76
72
151
GUSTAVSSON, Fredrik
10
81
72
71
152
MANASSERO, Matteo
11
78
72
75
153
MAUCHAZA, Nyasha
12
74
79
73
ROOS, Jake
12
72
74
80
155
WEBSTER, Steve
15
74
76
79
W/D
DONALDSON, Jamie
73
72