With just two more ranking weeks before the qualifiers for the RSM European Play-off Series are announced, the race to reach one of the top eight European places in both the Net and Stableford of the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability continues.
In July EDGA announced the launch of the RSM European Play-Off Series, to champion golfers with a disability in both Net and Stableford competition, supported by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.
The EDGA team is delighted that 16 qualifying European players (eight in each division of Net and Stableford) will be welcomed for the RSM European Play-off series at Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club between October 4-7. Qualifying is open to golfers from Europe and golf’s scoring handicap system will allow for intense competition to create new Net and Stableford champions.
RSM announced its sponsorship agreement to support EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) in 2019, extending RSM’s ambitious partnership strategy within golf and reinforcing its aim to support growth in the grassroots of the sport.
Tony Bennett, EDGA President, said: “This exciting new tournament, that will find Play-off champions in the Net and Stableford categories, will offer a great incentive for our players in the years to come. It will be a landmark event.
“We are very appreciative that the team at RSM understands the value of our work to grow the game at the grassroots level for golfers with disability. Helping to make more people aware of this opportunity can be huge for golf and also for the many people it can help through the game’s health, social and competitive benefits.”
In October, on the first day at Stratford-on-Avon GC, eight players in each of the Stableford and Net divisions will play an 18-hole quarter-final. The winning four players from each will progress to the semi-finals the following day before a final match is contested by two players from each category.
This will be held on October 7, as part of a wider annual RSM Golf Day, and the six players from each group not contesting the final will also take part.
The leading 15 European players from the Net and Stableford Rankings as of August 18 are:
1 Quelin, Charles-Henri, France
2 Klischan, Timo, Germany
3 Lloyd, Tony, England
4 Toth, André, Norway
5 Houten, Daphne van, Netherlands
6 Vihanne, Jari, Finland
7 Takkunen, Petri, Finland
8 Helly, Vincent, France
9 Engel, Daniel, Austria
10 Groves, George, England
11 Cauneau, Mathieu, France
11 Halvorsen, Stian, Norway
13 Pereira, Luiz, France
14 Jonsson, Björn, Sweden
15 Peltola, Tero Tapani, Finland
1 Partanen, Petri, Finland
2 Grimberg, Magnus, Sweden
3 Nygren, Per Christian, Sweden
4 Korpimäki, Markku, Finland
5 Charbi, Tarik, Belgium
6 Pessi, Timo, Finland
7 Mazur, Graeme, England
8 Jouvent, Andre, France
9 Svensson, Mikael, Sweden
10 Jones, Ian, England
10 Snobl, Lukás, Czech Republic
12 Souvanara, Oudadet, France
13 Padioleau, Jean-Yves, France
14 Cappellazzo, Rodolfo, Italy
15 Pylkkänen, Elina, Finland
The qualifiers will be notified by September 2, with players given until September 5 to accept or otherwise the invitation to participate, after which the next player on the list will be invited. In the event of a tie for a position, the player with the highest number of total points will be invited first.