Chase Koepka is the headline name in a group of six Americans who advanced Monday to the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School.
Koepka came through the second stage site at Panoramica Golf and Sport Resort in Castellon, Spain. He tied for 11th at 10 under after shooting 68-70-72-68.
The former University of South Florida player is hoping to emulate older brother Brooks, who began his professional career with a successful stint in Europe before jumping to the PGA Tour. Brooks won four times on the European Challenge Tour before making an easy transition to the European Tour, where he won the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open.
Chase played five times on the European Challenge Tour and three times on the European Tour this summer after graduating from South Florida with four wins and a marketing degree. He made two cuts. He was 57th in the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge on the Challenge Tour, and had an impressive 19th-place finish in the European Tour’s Czech Masters.
Chase had also tied for 17th at his Web.com Tour Q-School first stage site in Pine Mountain, Ga., but opted to withdraw from second stage in order to compete in Europe’s Q-School. (Web.com Tour Q-School is held at five sites, two of which were held Nov. 1-4 and the other three scheduled to begin Tuesday.)
Other Americans through to final stage, which begins Saturday and ends the following Thursday, include Julian Suri, Austin Connelly, Brett Munson, Paul Imondi and 38-year-old Edward Loar. Nine U.S. players failed to advance: Tyler McCumber, Kits Patel, Blake Snyder, Nick Sherwood, Kevin Foley, Michael Miller, David Lawrence, Ryan McCormick and Christopher Deforest.
Other notables to make it to final stage include 2015 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup players Ashley Chesters and Grant Forrest. Their teammates from that squad Ewen Ferguson, Cormac Sharvin, Jack McDonald and Jack Hume missed out.
Scotland’s Bradley Neil, the 2014 British Amateur Champion, advanced. Ireland’s Kevin Phelan, who enjoyed a successful college career at the University of North Florida, also progressed.
Final stage is being staged at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain. The top 25 and ties after the sixth and final round earn category 15 European Tour membership for the 2017 season.