The European Tour Qualifying School will make its first appearance outside of Europe when Rosebud Country Club hosts a First Stage event in 2020. European Tour hopefuls will tee it up in Australia from 1-4 September, marking the first time in the European Tour Qualifying School’s 45-year history that an event will be staged in the country and outside of Europe.
Rosebud Country Club, based on Victoria’s Morning Peninsula, will be the first event of the 2020 Qualifying School journey when it hosts Section A First Stage, which will see competitors play four rounds, with the leading players earning a place in Second Stage. The club, home to course superintendent and ASTMA member Ian Todd, boasts two 18-hole golf courses and has hosted an Australian PGA Championship (1976).
“We are thrilled to have a European Tour Qualifying School event in Australia for the first time,” says Mike Stewart, European Tour Qualifying School director. “It is an historic moment for Qualifying School as we move to new venues across the globe, with the desire to play European Tour golf continuing to grow.
“Australia has a famed history of producing world-class golfers and we have seen that already this season with Adam Scott, Lucas Herbert and Min Woo Lee already winners on the 2020 Race to Dubai. With a Qualifying School event in Australia, it provides golfers in the Asia-Pacific region the opportunity to earn their place on the European Tour.”
Rosebud Country Club general manager Danny McGrath says the club is thrilled to stage such a significant event. “Rosebud Country Club is extremely honoured to be partnering with the European Tour to host the First Stage Qualifying School event, held outside of Europe. Our club has a proud member base and a strong history of supporting the PGA of Australia and its members. We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the first-class North course to the entrants and contribute to fulfilling a dream of qualifying to play on the European Tour in 2021.”