Marcus Fraser and Michael Hoey both compete this week in the final leg of the European Tour's Desert swing, the Dubai Desert Classic, which is played at the Emirates Club in Dubai, and starts on Thursday.
Marcus Fraser and Michael Hoey are both playing in the second event of the European Tour's Desert Swing at the 2016 Qatar Masters where Brandon Grace is defending his title. The event starts on Wednesday and live scoring is available at www.europeantour.com
Stuart Manley continued his good early season form with a final round of 69 to finish on 11 under par and tied 13th at the Joburg Open in South Africa. Manley who is sponsored by Bank Frick moved up to 54th in the 2016 Race To Dubai.
Michael Hoey returns to action this week on the 2016 Race To Dubai, at the Joburg Open. Hoey who is sponsored by Sphere Global will play 1 event in SA before going to the Middle East for 3 tournaments.
Hoey said prior to leaving from his home in Northern Ireland, " I am very much looking forward to the early part of the season as there are some top quality events, also we will be playing on some great courses, so its a good test for my game early on in the year "
Hoey is joined at the Joburg Open by fellow BlackStar golfer Stuart Manley.
Stuart Manley is the first BlackStar golfer back in action in 2016 as he opens up his season at Glendower Golf Club in the BMW South African Open. Manley who is sponosred by Bank Frick returns to the main European Tour after regaining his full status at the Tour Qualifying School in November 2015.
The 2015 golf season finished in Thailand with Marcus Fraser finishing T30. The break is short but will be welcomed by the players, Stuart Manley will be first back in action at the South African Open in early January.
Many thanks on behalf of all the players to everyone who has been involved with BlackStar Golf, and hopefully 2016 will bring great things.
Stuart Manley heads home for the Christmas & New Year break after shooting a final round 71 and finishing 18th in the Australian PGA Championship, the second event on the 2016 Race To Dubai. Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick, will head back to South Africa in early January for the South African Open.
Marcus Fraser, who finished in 48th place in Brisbane, heads to Thailand for his last event of 2015, the Thailand Golf Championship, where last year he finished 2nd and also qualified for the 2015 Open Championship, via the R and A's international qualifying events.
Blackstar Golfers Marcus Fraser and Stuart Manley both play in the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines in Queensland this week. The tournament is the second event on the 2016 Race To Dubai following on from last weeks Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick, will end his 2015 season in Queensland, before heading home for a Christmas break, but then returns to action at the South African Open in early January.
Following the Australian PGA Fraser plans on playing in the Thailand Championship on the Asian Tour at Amata Spring, where last year he finished tied 2nd with Martin kaymer, 1 shot behind the eventual winner Lee Westwood. That will draw to an end a very successful 2015 for Fraser, he will return to tournament golf at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in mid January.
Stuart Manley, who last week was shooting a final round 66 to win his tour card back in Spain, plays his first event on the 2016 Race To Dubai at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek GC in South Aftrica on Thursday, teeing off at 8.10am in round 1. Having finished the Q School last Thursday Manly has been back home to Wales for 2 days, before he flew out to South Africa on Sunday, " Obviously my game is feeling pretty good after last week, I am really looking forward to the next two weeks and hopefully can get off to a good start on the new rankings in the first 2 events "
Marcus Fraser is also playing this week, at the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney, where world number 1 Jordan Spieth is defending his title after winning the event last year by 6 shots.
This time last year Marcus Fraser was just starting to play competative golf again after having not played for most of 2014 due to a serious wrist injury which required major surgery, his world ranking dropped from 51 to 300, in addition he wasn't sure how the wrist would stand up to the rigours of constant play and practise on tour. Marcus said at the time " My wrist feels strong again and I have been doing some intense practise at home, but until I have played a few events in a row I can't be totally sure I am over the problem "
2015 has proved to be a successful return for Fraser, he climbed back up the world rankings to 123, and also qualified for the European Tour season ending DP World Tour Championship, eventually finishing 52nd on the final Race To Dubai rankings. Along with this Fraser finished tied 20th in the Open Championship and made the cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay. Fraser played in 24 European Tour events in 2015, missing the cut on only 5 occassions.
Fraser, who lives in Melbourne is now looking forward to 2016, " I am pleased with the way 2015 has gone, my game has been consistent, and impotantly my wrist has given me no problems, I am looking forward to next season, and hopefully can get my world ranking back to where is was prior to my injury. "
Stuart Manley produced a brilliant round of 66 in the sixth and final round to secure 13th card at the European Qualifying School. Manley, who is sponsored by Bank Frick started the final day in 42nd place on four under par, but an eagle and six birdies saw him card the lowest round of the day. Stuart now returns to the European Tour after losing his card in 2014.
The 2016 Race To Dubai schedule actually starts next week at the Dunhill Championships in South Africa, then Stuart will go to to Australia to join Marcus Fraser in the field for the Australian PGA Championships.
Marcus Fraser holed his second shot on the the 18th in Round 3, add the eagle to birdies on the 10,11,13 and 14th and he shoots 29 on the back 9 !!
The notoriously tough European Tour School starts tomorrow at PGA Catalunya just outside Girona in Spain. With 156 players starting, the event is over 6 rounds with a 72 hole cut coming for the top 75 players and ties and then the top 25 players gain full European Tour staus for 2016 at the conclusion of the 108 holes.
This will be Jimmy Mullen's first Final School having only turned Professional in September after the playing a significant role in the victorious Walker Cup team. Mullen 21, from Royal North Devon has already progressed through 2 preliminary stages, recently winning stage 2 at El Saler with a 16 under par total. Jimmy said " I am actually looking forward to the event, it will be tough but I have been playing well recently so hopefully I can continue this form over the next few days."
Stuart Manley from the Celtic Manor Resort gained his card in 2013 through the Tour School when finishing 11th so he knows about the rigours of Tour School, Stuart said " It is a tough week in terms of the event been over 6 rounds, but I played well last week finishing 3rd at PQ 2 so the game feels pretty good, I am just looking forward to getting started "
Stuart tees off at 9.15am and Jimmy at 10.40am in the first round, live scoring is available for all 6 rounds on www.europeantour.com
Marcus Fraser returns to the European Tour this week in the penultimate event of the Final Series, the BWM Masters in Shanghai which starts tomorrow with Fraser teeing of at 9.10am local time along side ex Open Champion John Daly.
Marcus currently sits in 60th position in the season long Race To Dubai rankings, the top 60 players at the conclusion of the BMW Masters move on to to Dubai for the season ending DP World Tour Championship.
Jimmy Mullen and Stuart Manley both progressed through the second stage of the European Tour Q School. 21 year old Mullen, from Royal North Devon won the event at El Saler by 4 shots, with 16 under par total of 272 ( 69,65,70,68 ).
Stuart Manley who represents the Celtic Manor Resort finished tied 3rd at Los Colinas on 11 under par ( 69,68,69,67 )
The Final Tour school will be played over 6 rounds at PGA Catalunya near Girona, the top 25 players and ties will get their cards for the 2016 European Tour's lucrative Race To Dubai.
Chris Selfridge's season was cruelly cut short by a wrist injury prior to the third round of the European Tour School's second stage at El Saler in Spain. Rounds of 70 and 69 had the 21 year old tied for 5th place in the event, with 18 players advancing forward from this stage, a place in the Final School was looking very probable. Prior to round 3 Chris was warming up on the range when the injury happened and he was unable to play and had to take the agonising decision to withdraw.
Although the 2015 season has ended disappointingly Selfridge has made a very impressive debut season, he turned professional in May after graduating from the University Of Toledo in Ohio and has played 12 events on the notoriously tough European Challenge Tour and has made every cut, eventually finishing 52nd on the final rankings, this position will enable Chris to play a full schedule in 2016, and hopefully if he continues his form from this year a top 15 place in the rankings will see him graduate on to the main tour without having to go the Tour School this time next year.
Michael Hoey, who represents Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Northern Ireland finished his 2015 season in Turkey last week by finishing 88th in the 2015 Race To Dubai. Hoey has played 29 events this year, making 20 cuts and has a stroke average of 71.25, it is the 7th consecutive year that he has succesfully regained his full playing privileges on the European Tour.
Although the 2016 European Tour season begins in South Africa later this month, Hoey, who is sponsored by Sphere Global will start his new campaign in January at the South African Open at the Glendower Golf Club in early January.
Marcus Fraser finished 57th and Michael Hoey 85th on the Race To Dubai rankings after the Hong kong Open, which was the final regular season Euroepan Tour event of 2015. Both players have now qualified for the first event on the end of season Final Series, the Turkish Airlines Open. The Final Series, which consists of 4 events culminates with the leading 60 players competing in the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in mid November.
Marcus Fraser and Chris Selfridge both shot 68 today, Fraser at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open and Selfridge at the Foshan Open on the Challenge Tour. Fraser heads in to the final round T24 and Selfridge, who needs to finish in the Top 10 to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman finished Day 3 in sole position 5th place.