Qualifying School Final Stage returns to PGA Catalunya Resort

Qualifying School Final Stage returns to PGA Catalunya Resort

The Qualifying School will reach its climax at PGA Catalunya Resort for the eighth successive season when the Girona-based venue, a European Tour Destination, holds the Final Stage from November 14-19, 2015.

PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium and Tour courses – co-designed by Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo – will again host the six-round finale of the Qualifying School, which gets underway with the First Stage Section A on September 15.

The award-winning resort first held the Final Stage in 2008 and will continue to play host until at least 2017, having recently extended its existing deal by three years.

Last year’s Qualifying School attracted 924 entrants, with 156 progressing to the Final Stage and 27 ultimately earning their playing privileges on The 2015 European Tour International Schedule.

Notable graduates from the 2014 Qualifying School include Indian Anirban Lahiri, who has gone on to capture two European Tour titles since claiming the 17th card at the Final Stage last November; and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, currently inside the top 40 in The Race to Dubai thanks chiefly to three top five finishes so far this season.

Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “We feel privileged to host such an accomplished group of players year after year, and strive each time to offer them the best conditions possible so they can focus on what is sure to be a long and stressful week.
“We have continued to fine-tune the Stadium Course, making sure it is always tournament-ready, with fast greens and challenging rough that will provide a great test of golf. David Bataller, our head greenkeeper, has also worked on emphasising the natural contours of the course to accentuate its ‘stadium’ feel, which will undoubtedly add to the atmosphere of the week.”
Mike Stewart, The European Tour’s Qualifying School Director, said: “PGA Catalunya Resort has been a permanent fixture as the venue for the Final Stage of the Qualifying School since 2008, and the decision to extend the agreement to 2017 and hopefully beyond shows how delighted we are with the facilities on offer at the resort.

“With its two magnificent courses, first-class practice facilities and adjoining hotel, I can think of no better venue for our Final Stage; and it is telling that, despite the stressful and intense nature of the week, the players are always extremely complimentary of the venue.

“We are already looking forward to returning to the resort in November and working alongside Julio and his team, who always go out of their way to ensure our visit is a warm one.”

As well as being crowned the 2015 European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), PGA Catalunya Resort was also voted Spain’s Best Course in the inaugural World Golf Awards.

The awards were among the latest in a series of high-profile accolades for the resort, which include being voted Spain’s number one golf course by Top100GolfCourses.co.uk (2012-2015), the Best Golf Development in Europe (2013-2014) at the European Property Awards, and being listed among the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by one of the UK’s leading golf magazine, Golf World.

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Successful 2015 Firekeepers Casino Hotel Golf Championship At Battle Creek Country Club


(Battle Creek, MI.) June 10 2015- FireKeepers Casino Hotel hosted the second annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, June 2-7. FireKeepers partnered with the Battle Creek Country Club to bring the Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA back to Battle Creek for the second year in a row.

“The tournament events, which spread out over a seven day period, were clearly a success on a variety of key levels. Through the hard work of the volunteer committee chair staff, FireKeepers Casino Hotel team members, the Battle Creek Country Club staff and their membership and the team of volunteers, the event was a great success,” says Vice President of Hotel Operations and Tournament Director, Kathy George. “The support of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, our 46 plus corporate and individual sponsors and the community helped us showcase Battle Creek very well to the players, the LPGA and the visitors from all over who came into town. In our inaugural year we were rated as one of the best stops on the Symetra tour and feel certain we will recapture this again for 2015.”

The second year of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship saw vast improvements in the amount of community involvement. Volunteerism grew by 40 percent, with community members throughout Battle Creek volunteering in various capacities during the tournament week.  This year 48 golfer’s enjoyed housing through the generosity and kindness of Calhoun County residents and many golfers returned to the families that housed them in 2014. The biggest single sign that the regional community was excited about this year’s event was attendance, which doubled in 2015 compared to prior year.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship benefactor was S.A.F.E Place women’s shelter, which aids women and children affected by domestic violence in Calhoun, Eaton and Barry counties. Thanks to the many attendees and sponsors, the amount of money the tournament generated for S.A.F.E Place increased 20 percent from last year.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.