Date: September 15, 2015
Author: Tom Fee / GolfWA

First day at school for Felton & Murdaca

An exciting but daunting experience awaits Jarryd Felton and Anthony Murdaca, as they take the next step on the path to turning professional.

Both will tee off this evening at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club as a part of Stage 1 of European Tour Qualifying School.

With their targets set on playing the European Tour in 2016, the pair will compete in just one of six events that make up the first stage.

Over 900 golfers are expected to take part in a demanding elimination process that only offers full exemptions to the top 25 (plus ties) finishers in the marathon six-round Stage 3 event.

101 players will tee it up at the German qualifier, with anywhere between 15 and 20 advancing to the November’s second stage.

The majority of the field comprises of European based professionals, with Felton and Murdaca the only Australians, and just two of the fourteen amateurs participating.

The task has been made even harder for WA’s Felton, receiving his clubs from Air Berlin four days after landing and just hours ahead of his scheduled tee time.

Without his clubs, Felton was unable to play in the practice round, instead walking the fairways with Murdaca and Golf Australia National Coach Gareth Jones.

Felton said his choice to aim for a tour card in Europe over America was a "gut feeling".

"I tend to hit the ball a bit lower than most of the guys over the in US, so I wanted to see how I would go over in Europe to start with.”

The pair will be looking to emulate the efforts of Australians Jason Scrivener and Andrew Dodt who booked their 2015 European Tour tickets through qualifying school.

Dodt would win on the European Tour just a few months later at the Thailand Classic, while Scrivener, currently 144th in European Tour rankings, may end up joining Felton and Murdaca in the later stages of qualifying if he fails to break into the top 110 by season's end.