European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage all set to remain at Lumine until 2022

Lumine Golf Club’s Calle Carlsson and Mike Stewart, director of the European Tour Qualifying School agree a deal to keep the ETQS Final Stage in Spain until 2022
Calle Carlsson and Mike Stewart (right) shake on the deal to keep the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at Lumine GC for three more years. Picture EUROPEAN TOUR

LUMINE Golf Club has been confirmed as the host venue of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage for the next three years.

The Spanish venue first became a venue in 2012 when it became a second stage qualifying venue.

It became the location for the six-round marathon at the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage – described as one of the toughest events in golf, in 2017.

Lumine’s two courses – The Hills and The Lakes – have so far seen 468 players tee it up at three pressure-packed Final Stage events, all hoping to seal one of 25 European Tour cards for the following season.

It will continue to welcome European Tour hopefuls from 2020-2022.

In 2019, Denmark’s Benjamin Poke carded six sub-70 rounds at Lumine to win by six shots, while his compatriot Rasmus Højgaard became the first player born in the 21st century to secure his playing privileges at the Tour’s Qualifying School.

The 18-year-old immediately reaped the benefits, triumphing at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open two weeks later to become the third youngest winner on the European Tour.

European Tour Qualifying School director Mike Stewart said: “Lumine Golf Club has provided a terrific test for players since 2012, even more so since it became a Final Stage venue, pushing players all the way as they go in search of a European Tour card in one of golf’s most dramatic events.

“The quality of both courses, plus Lumine’s fantastic practice facilities and hospitality, have drawn praise from competitors and we look forward to working with Calle Carlsson and his team on delivering more successful editions of the event in the coming years.”

Calle Carlsson, Lumine’s general manager, said: “Welcoming back the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage for 2020 is an honour.

“We are delighted to yet again be hosting this prestigious event as it will be the fourth consecutive year that golfing hopefuls will battle it out on the Lumine golf courses.

“We have worked hard on the quality and test of golf we have here and I am immensely proud of my team as it is testament to their hard work and commitment that the European Tour have chosen to return to Lumine.

“We look forward to welcoming this year’s hopefuls to Lumine in November.”

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