Uzzell wins first stage of Q-school

Brabazon Trophy champion Steve Uzzell has won the season-ending 1st stage of the European Tour Q-school.

Brabazon Trophy champion Steve Uzzel was the winner when De Vere Wychwood Park played host to the future stars of the European Tour when they embarked on their journey towards the game’s top rank at the first stage of the European Tour’s season ending Q-School.

With a closing-round of 71 for a 4-round total of 279 (-9), Uzzell topped a qualifier field that included three members of this year’s victorious 2011 GB&I Walker Cup team, Michael Stewart, Jack Senior and Steven Brown as well as two-time NCAA Team Champion Patrick Reed, and two players trying to regain their playing rights to Europe’s premier tour, Iain Pyman and John E. Morgan.

Of these headline acts who teed it up in the First Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School, held at the stunning Cheshire venue last week, Senior and Brown, along with Uzzel as well as Zane Scotland, a winner on the EuroPro Tour at Wychwood Park in 2010, successfully finished among the top-27 players who progressed to the next qualifying stage

Despite tough weather conditions, the course was presented in immaculate condition, evidenced by outstanding scoring of eventual winner Steve Uzzell.

“This is the second year we’ve hosted the European Tour School and we’re delighted to have be given the European Tour’s seal of approval.

“The course has been in great shape all-year and the players have had nothing but praise for it throughout the week. There’s been some fantastic golf played in tough conditions and we wish all of those that have qualified the best of luck as they continue in their journey towards the European Tour’s riches!” said Jon Farmer, Director of Golf at Wychwood Park.

Wychwood Park has become one of the premier championship venues in the UK having hosted a number of professional tournaments in recent years. Scotsman Duncan Stewart was victorious when the EuroPro Tour visited for the 2011 ABC Solutions UK Championship. Unfortunately for Stewart, he was one of the players to miss out on a spot in the next stage of Qualifying School, as was his namesake and the third member of this year’s triumphant Walker Cup to tee it up at Wychwood Park, Michael Stewart.

Testing for players of all abilities, the championship course at Wychwood Park is one of 11 De Vere venues involved in the revolutionary De Vere Club. Offering golfers the opportunity to play at 16 courses across the country the De Vere Club has set a new precedent for modern, flexible membership schemes. Priced at just £295 per year, its flexibility has given a wide appeal amongst families, businessmen and the avid golfer, with the membership experiencing a significant uptake over the last 18 months with over 8000 new members.

Members not only have the choice of a variety of courses, but of some of the best venues in the UK.