Nov 11th, 2017
Lumine sets the stage for golf's ultimate challenge
It's Q School Time
Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community is preparing to play its part in one of European golf’s most exciting annual storylines, as the popular Spanish resort gets set to welcome the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School for the first time from 11-16 November.
With 156 players from around the world looking to earn their playing rights on the 2018 European Tour international schedule, the award-winning team at Lumine has been undertaking final touches to ensure the stage is set for professional golf’s ultimate test.
Having hosted the Second Qualifying Stage of European Tour Q School every year since 2012, the championship layouts of the Lakes and Hills Courses will this year host the final, six-round stage, further underlining the resort’s tournament credentials.
“This is a fantastic honour, and we’re excited to be working with The European Tour on such an important and historic event,” commented Calle Carlsson, Lumine General Manager. “To step up from hosting the Second Qualifying Stage is incredible, and testament to the hard work the team has put in over the years in preparing a fair but tough challenge for these great players.”
The Greg Norman-designed Lakes course, measuring around 7,000 yards from the Championship tees, will be at the heart of event proceedings. With water featuring on 13 holes, including the 524-yard par-5 18th, there will inevitably be acts of heroism and heartbreak recorded as the week plays out. Players will also be asked to test their mettle against Lumine’s other 18-hole layout, The Hills Course. Offering a different challenge across tree-lined, undulating terrain, the Hills’ 18th hole offers an equalling exciting climax, with the water and bunkers guarding a drive-able green.
Although Lumine’s maintenance team, led by José Tomas Agulló, are well-versed in tournament preparations, most recently welcoming the 2017 Nordic Tour, the status of European Tour Qualifying School has provided a distinct challenge.
“There’s something unique about the atmosphere of a European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage,” commented Carlsson. “Not only for the competitors but in terms of the preparations too. We have 36 holes to prepare immaculately, and when you know that a player’s career could be decided by a single shot, there’s certainly an added ‘spice’! We have worked hard with The European Tour to ensure the Lumine test is as fair as possible, but also fitting to find the players who are ready for golf’s biggest stage on The European Tour.”
Players from over 30 countries will descend on Spain’s Costa Daurada coastline for European Tour Qualifying School, having earned their places via satellite tours, European Tour Second Qualifying Stage or having narrowly missed out on retaining their playing rights during the 2017 European Tour season.
You can stay up to date with all the action, and behind-the-scenes insight by following Lumine’s social media channels: Twitter: @LumineGolf and Facebook: @LumineGolf.