Nine Irish are bidding to secure tour cards for 2023 at the Final Stage of Alps Tour Qualifying School in Rome from Wednesday to Friday this week (9-11 November).
For the first two rounds, the players will be alternating between Golf Nazionale and Olgiata Golf Club. For the final round, the players that make the cut will be competing at Golf Nazionale.
Simon Bryan, Robin Dawson, Paul McBride and Michael Young were already exempt through to the Final Stage having obtained Alps Tour membership but failed to make the season-ending Alps Tour Grand Final. The trio are joined by six-qualifiers including Ronan Mullarney who made the EuroPro Tour Championship in Lough Erne before the third tier closed its doors.
The Galway man who qualified for the 150th Open Championship in July is joined by fellow qualifiers Tom Dowdall, Joseph Hanney, John Hickey and Paul Murphy.
Mullarney led the qualifiers after the First Stage last week so he arrives in fine form.
McBride missed out on a DP World Tour card at the Second Stage of Q-School at the weekend now he drops down to try and regain his status on the Alps Tour for 2023.
At the conclusion of the 54 holes, the top 35 players and ties will be eligible to receive Category 6 membership for the 2023 Alps Tour season. The rest of the players who made the cut, and finished between the 36th and 65th position will be eligible to receive Category 8 membership for next year’s season. The remaining players will be eligible for membership in Category 9 for the 2023 Alps Tour season. All of the players in categories 8 and 9 will be subject to the 2023 Alps Tour committee re-rank policy.
The Alps Tour has proven it can be a springboard to something greater with the likes of Matt Wallace and Guido Migliozzi, who began their careers participating in the Alps Tour Qualifying School, winning on the DP World Tour.
Just last month, Gary Hurley of West Waterford earned a Challenge Tour card having finished the 2022 Alps Tour season inside the top-5 on the Order of Merit while Jonathan Yates also earned limited Challenge Tour status after winning the Grand Final.