Successfully navigating Stage 1 and Stage 2 of European Tour’s Qualifying School, Robin Petersson will now find himself a member of the European Challenge Tour in 2018 after making it to Final Stage.
Robin played First Stage at The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in the UK, recording rounds of 69, 71, 69 and 74. After holing a testy 3 foot putt on the final hole, Robin finished T18 at 5 under securing the last spot from Roxburghe to advance to 2nd stage.
Robin played Stage 2 at Panoramica Golf and Sport Resort carding 4 consecutive rounds under par. Scores of 69, 70, 70, 71 and an 8 under par total ensured a place in Final Stage at Lumine Golf Club. The same venue where he made his professional debut just 9 months earlier.
Playing Final Stage and a European Tour card on the line Robin opened with a 73 on the Hills Course followed by a second 73 on the Lakes Course to see him trailing the leaders. During Round 3 Robin regained some of his earlier qualifying form to move within reach of a potential European Tour Card. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and after a very heavy end of season schedule that saw him play 11 consecutive weeks, a niggling shoulder problem surfaced and a 4th round 82 saw him miss the cut.
It was a bitter sweet end to 2017. There was no European Tour Card, but 12 rounds through one of the toughest tests for a professional was a rewarding experience and enabled Robin to obtain Category 15 on the Challenge Tour for next season.