There was joy for Jason Scrivener fighting his way through six gruelling rounds to earn his 2016 European Tour card today.
However while Scrivener returns home declaring ‘Mission Accomplished’, there was heartache for fellow Aussies Daniel Gaunt and Dimi Papadatos, who each missed out by a shot on earning full European Tour membership.
The 26-year old Capetown-born Scrivener, who moved with his family from Zimbabwe to Perth when he was 10 years old, posted rounds of 65, 72, 70, 71, 67 and a last day 71 to share seventh place and be among the 27 players to earn their ‘card’ competing on Spain’s PGA Cataluyna Resort course.
After an indifferent first half of 2015 the 2007 Australian Junior Amateur champion returned to form ahead of Q-School in making the cut in five of his last six events including top-20s in his past two tournaments — the Russian Open (T14th) and last week's KLM Open (T18th).
Scrivener’s last round was a mix of three birdies and one less bogey for a 12-under par tally and six shots behind the leading three graduates of Spain’s Daniel Otaegui, American Daniel Im and South African Ulrich Van Den Berg.
However Gaunt was left lamenting bogeying two of his closing three holes in a final round 73 to join Papadatos placed 28th and missing out by one place in securing full 2016 Race to Dubai membership.
Papadatos, from the New South Wales Central Coast, only needed a par at the last to earn his Tour card but the 2014 New Zealand Open winner walked off with a horror triple bogey ‘7’ in a round of 74.
Fortunately for Gaunt and Papadatos their European Tour category should see them contest a good few Race to Dubai events next year but then it is also a Ryder Cup year and it will mean having to tee up in far off locations such as Africa, India, Morocco, Portugal and so on.
David Brandson shot a last day 68 but it was too late for the Queenslander who finished with a three under par total to share 47th place.
And spare a thought for Nick Cullen who stormed to the front of Q-School on day one with a blistering 63 but ended his campaign with a closing day 77 for a one under par tally but a distant share of 60th place.