Cormac Sharvin and Gary Hurley emerged from the cauldron that is DP World Tour Q-Schoo unscathed, for now, as they advanced from the Second Stage to book a place in next week’s Final Stage in Tarragona.
Sharvin remains on course for an immediate return to the top-tier of European Golf and he will be teeing it up next week full of confidence after he saved his best for last when the pressure was on.
Despite his struggles on the DP World Tour this season the Ardglass native is a birdie machine and he roared to the Las Colinas Golf Club clubhouse with a six-under 65 to take fourth place on twelve-under-par.
After recovering from an early bogey, the 30-year-old posted seven unanswered birdies to book his place in the Final Stage at a canter.
Hurley continued his career resurgence with a nervy level-par 71 to advance from Empordà Golf Club on seven-under-par.
The West Waterford native who already has a Challenge Tour card in his back pocket for next season via the Alps Tour birdied the par-3 6th but dropped shots on the 8th and 11th left him looking over his shoulder at the cut off point but a birdie on 17 assured him of his place.
While Sharvin and Hurley are joining Jonathan Caldwell, John Murphy and Paul Dunne in the Final Stage there was disappointment for a host of Irish players who narrowly missed out on the final day.
Jonathan Yates came up a shot shy of qualifying for the Final Stage at Isla Canela despite a final round of three-under 69.
The Naas man knew he needed a good round and he burst out of the traps with three successive birdies before handing two shots back on 4 and 5.
A birdie on 8 and a bogey on 13 left him needing a big finish and he thought he had done enough with birdies on 15 and 18 but some late moves from the last groups pushed him down to 25th.
A rocky finish cost Stuart Grehan a place in the Final Stage as he shared 30th place, two shots outside the top-23 on three-under-par while Conor Purcell was a shot further back at Empordà Golf and he will rue an opening 74.
Desert Springs brought the most disappointment for the Irish as Conor O’Rourke and Rúaidhrí McGee fell outside the top-23 at the eleventh hour.
Teeing off inside the cut mark both players shot over par rounds and thus missed out by one and two shots respectively.
O’Rourke of the K Club shot a one-over 73 to miss out by the minimum on six-under with an early double on the par-5 3rd proving so costly.
McGee also had a seven of his own, coming on the par-5 9th.
At Las Colinas Dermot McElroy’s final round charge failed to materialise as he stumbled to a one-over 72 to finish at one-over-par.