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									             FAQ on the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School

     Q. How can I become a member of the European Seniors Tour?

     A. For those that have not previously competed on the European Tour, the
        main way to become a member of the European Seniors Tour is to go to
        Qualifying School which takes place in November.

        A Player can also request an invite to any event during the year by writing
        to the European Seniors Tour. A player must be 50 years of age on or
        before the first day of the tournament.
        NB. There is a maximum of 4 invites granted per tournament.

     Q. How do I enter the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School?

A.      You will need to complete and return the Qualifying School Application
     Form to the European Seniors Tour by Monday 3rd November 2008.
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     Q. Who can enter the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School?

     A. All male professional golfers who are 50 years of age on or before Friday
        11th September 2009
        All male amateur golfers who are 50 years of age on or before Friday 11th
        September 2009, with a handicap of one (1) or lower.

     Q. Do I lose my amateur status if I enter the Qualifying School?

     A. It is not a breach of the Rules of Amateur Status to file an entry for and
        participate in any Stage of the Qualifying School, providing that you
        waive your right to prize money prior to each Stage by completing the
        appropriate forms available at each venue.

     Q. How much does it cost to go to Qualifying School?

     A. The entry fee for 2008 is £750 for all entrants – regardless of which Stage
        or Stages are played. The entry fee does not include travel and
        accommodation which are the responsibility of each participant. Any
        player that has played an event on the 2008 European Seniors Tour
        schedule and subsequently taken up Affiliated Membership will be exempt
        from paying any entry fee as their Membership fee covers the cost of the
        Qualifying School.

     Q. Is it easy to withdraw and can the entry fee be reclaimed?

     A. All withdrawals must be notified to the European Seniors Tour Entries
        Department. If a player withdraws prior to the closing date his entry fee
   will be refunded in full. If a player withdraws after the closing date, without
   competing, he will be refunded £650 only (NB: No exceptions).

   If a player is absent on the tee without notification, no refund will be given
   and he may face disciplinary action, subject to circumstances. Once an
   entrant has teed off, refund of entry is not possible under any
   circumstances.

Q. Can I request a Stage 1 venue?

A. A player can request a venue for Stage 1, but there is no guarantee any
   requests will be honoured.

Q. When will I be notified of my allocated venue for Stage 1?

A. Venue allocation lists will be available the day after the close of entries.

Q. How many entrants get through from Stage 1 to Finals?

A. The number of players to advance from Stage 1 to the Finals will be on a
   pro rata basis from each Stage 1 competition, determined after taking into
   account players automatically eligible for the Finals, and will be
   announced during Stage 1. In all cases, players who tie the final
   qualifying place score will proceed to the Qualifying School Finals.

   In 2007, 22 players were exempt into the Finals. 29 players progressed
   from Quinta de Cima course and 27 players progressed from Pinheiros
   Altos.

Q. How many players get a ‘Tour Card’ through the Qualifying School?

A. The leading 14 players at the Final Stage will be eligible for Full
   Membership of the European Seniors Tour for the following season. All
   tied scores shall be ranked by card play off as follows: (a) the best last 18
   holes, (b) the best last 36 holes, (c) best last 9, 6, 3, 2 & 1 holes (holes 10
   to 18).

   For each player, aged 49, finishing among the top 14, a corresponding
   player will be included in Category 6 (Category 9 for positions 7-14) until
   such time that said 49 year old player reaches age 50. The player who
   was provided net 14th position access will then cease to be part of
   Category 6, but will be included within Category 9.

   The top 6 will be included in Category 6 for the 2009 season. These
   players will be exempt into all 72 man field events. If a player from the top
   6 chooses not to enter a 72 man field event, the next available player from
   positions 7 through 14 will take his place in Category 6.

   Positions 7 through 14 will be placed into Category 9 for the 2009
   season. This Category offers a limited number of starts. Entries in
   Category 9 will be taken sequentially from European Seniors Tour
   Members ranked 21-125 in the All Time Career Money List, positions 7-14
   from the 2008 European Seniors Tour Qualifying School and European
   Seniors Tour Members ranked 41-100 in the 2008 European Seniors Tour
   Order of Merit.

Q. If I earn a ‘Tour Card’, how many tournaments will I be able to play on
   the European Seniors Tour?

A. This will vary from year to year, however, in 2007 the average minimum
   number of opportunities for European Seniors Tour School graduates in
   positions 1-6 was 16 and for positions 7-14 it was 9. The total number of
   tournaments on the 2007 schedule was 18.

Q. If I finish in the top 14 of the Qualifying School, how do I retain my
   European Seniors Tour membership for the following season?

A. You will need to earn enough money to finish in the top 100 of the
   European Seniors Tour Order of Merit. In 2007 the last player to retain
   membership earned €380.00.

Q. How many Qualifying School Graduates normally retain their ‘Tour
   Cards’?

A. This will vary from year to year. 17 players earned a 2007 Tour card at the
   2006 Qualifying School, 14 of these players finished within the top 100 of
   the 2007 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Q. Does the European Seniors Tour provide accommodation?

A. NO. However, the European Seniors Tour can recommend official hotels
   for each tournament. A list of Official Hotels for the European Seniors Tour
   Qualifying School will be published here as soon as they are available.

Q. What are the rules of golf during Qualifying School?

A. Rules governing play will be the following:
       The current R&A Rules of Golf
       The current European Seniors Tour Conditions of Competition and
         Local Rules
         The local rules of the host club as approved by the Tournament
          Director

   In addition, all participants are required to conduct themselves in
   accordance with the European Seniors Tour Code of Behaviour as
   contained within the Members Regulations Handbook.

Q. Are there exemptions from Stage 1?

A. YES. Details of all exemptions are on the entry form.

Q. Do you need to have a caddie at the Qualifying School?

A. No, caddies are not mandatory and players are permitted to use trolleys.

   Please note that no current European Seniors Tour Member may caddie
   for any competitor at any Stage of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying
   School.

Q. Where can I view the results of the 2007 Qualifying School?

A. You can view the Finals Results & Prize money from 2007 Qualifying
   School by clicking here.

   Is your question not there?

   E-mail sqsenquiries@europeantour.com

								
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