On tour

Durham’s James Glenn secured full playing rights on this season’s EuroPro Tour by finishing in the top 30 at Final Qualifying School.

James, the reigning Northern Golfer Men’s Champion of Champions, has represented Durham as an amateur while completing a PhD at Durham University and will turn professional ahead of the first event of the EuroPro Tour season.

He said: “I’m excited to get started on the EuroPro Tour. Getting here has taken a lot of hard work and a lot of learning, and I feel like I’m ready.

“I was really happy to get it done at Final Qualifying under pressure. Those last few holes were tough. I knew that I wasn’t going to turn pro without a full EuroPro card, but the experience of last season, particularly playing in European Tour Qualifying, really helped.”

James came through the first stage of qualifying at Studley Wood Golf Club in a tie for 11th place before finishing in a tie for 30th place at Frilford Heath with rounds of 71, 72 and 70.

He added: “I’m raring to go. I’ve worked hard in the last four years and that work is starting to pay off. I’ve got three goals this year, starting with making the cut in every event I play, that will show I’ve figured out what I’m doing out here. From there, a win on the EuroPro Tour would validate me being here, and then I’d like to finish in the top five of the order of merit and earn my Challenge Tour card.”

Meanwhile, Rockliffe Hall-based Andrew Wilson secured limited status on the tour by making the cut at Final Stage Qualifying.

The EuroPro Tour offers direct access to the Challenge Tour through the final order of merit. The top five golfers at the end of the season will be awarded a category on the 2020 Challenge Tour. Players qualify to play on the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour through the two-stage Qualifying School in the spring or thanks to their 2018 achievements.

The 2019 PGA EuroPro Tour season gets underway at Brocket Hall on May 22.