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 began its association with the European Tour Qualifying School in 2012 when it became a Second Stage Qualifying venue, before becoming the location for the six-round 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, and will continue to welcome European Tour hopefuls from 2020-2022.
In 2019, Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell airmailed himself from the EuroPro Tour to the Pearly Gates of the Main Tour via the six-round final stage slog at Lumine where Denmark’s Benjamin Poke carded six sub-70 rounds to win by six shots. His compatriot Rasmus Højgaard became the first player born in the 21st century to secure his playing privileges at 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.
Mike Stewart, European Tour Qualifying School Director, 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, General Manager at Lumine Golf Club, 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.”