Date: November 11, 2014
Author: Mark Hayes /

Melbourne amateur Drakeford nears European card

orian amateur Geoff Drakeford has fought his way into the final stage of the European Tour Q-School.

Drakeford, a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport and a former Golf Australia national squad player, fired a final-round 72 to make it through on the number at Las Colinas, one of four Spanish venues for the second round of qualifiers.

West Australian pro Jason Scrivener carved a superb final-round 66 to finish 10th at Tarragona and advance to the finals, which start at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona on Saturday.

Sydney’s Scott Arnold missed advancing by just one shot, while Melbourne’s Nathan Holman missed by two, as did Perth’s Matt Jager despite a final-round 70.

The scores guarantee both Drakeford and Scrivener status on Europe’s secondary Challenge Tour, regardless of their final stage results.

Drakeford, who plays pennant for Commonwealth, has been a busy man, returning to play the recent Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Melbourne between first and second-round Q-school bookings.