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South African Open

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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.

 

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Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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.

 

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Manley ends 2015 by finishing 18th in Brisbane.

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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.

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Queensland bound for Fraser and Manley.

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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.

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Manley in South Africa, Fraser at the Australian Open

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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.

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Fraser's wrist injury is left behind in 2015

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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. "

 

 

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Magic Manley secures European Tour card for 2016

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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.

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Solid back 9 from Fraser at BMW Masters in Round 3 !

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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 !! 

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Manley & Mullen ready for Q School

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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  

 

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Fraser aiming for Race To Dubai

 

 

 

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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.

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Mullen and Manley advance to Final Q School

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 ).

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Stuart Manley who represents the Celtic Manor Resort finished tied 3rd at Los Colinas on 11 under par ( 69,68,69,67 )

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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. 

 

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Selfridge's season cruelly cut short by injury.

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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.

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Hoey keeps European Tour card for 7th consecutive season

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.

 

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Final Series - European Tour

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. 

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68 for Fraser and Selfridge in Round 3

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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.

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12 out of 12 for Chris Selfridge

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Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge made it 12 staright cuts in a row at the penultimate Challenge Tour event of the year in China, rounds of 69 and 70 has Chris T10 after 36 holes. The 23 year old from Moyola Park requires a Top 12 finish at the worst to move in to the Top 45 of the rankings to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman, he currently lies 56th. The Top 15 in the final rankings graduate to the 2016 European Tour.

In Hong Kong marcus Fraser shot 66 in Round 2 to head in to the weekend on 2 under par and T34th.

 

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BlackStar Golfers head East

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Marcus Fraser returns to Hong Kong this week a year after making an impressive return to action, Fraser returned to competative action after 12 months out with a wrist injury at the 2014 Hong Kong Open and finished T5th. Ollie Farr joins Fraser in the field making his first visit to Hong Kong.

Stuart Manley and Chris Selfridge play at the Foshan Open in China on the Challenge Tour, with both players trying to get in to the Top 45 of the rankings, in order to qualify for the season ending Road To Oman in 2 weeks time.

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Fraser back in the world's top 150.

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Marcus Fraser returned in to the world's top 150 in the official World Ranking this week after his 5th place finish at the British Masters last week. Fraser reached 51 in the rankings prior to his injury which forced him to miss the 2014 season.

 

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Mullen, Selfridge and Manley play in Irish Challenge

Jimmy Mullen, who last week signed with BlackStar Golf and finished T30 in the Alfred Dunhill Links makes his debut on the Challenge Tour this week in the Irish Challenge, where he is joined by Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge who has made all ten cuts this year on the Challenge Tour, having turned Professional in May. Chris currently lies 57th on the ranking list and has 2 more events left to try and qualify for the Race To Oman, which is the Challenge Tour's final event where the top 15 players get their cards for 2016.

Stuart Manley who is 52 in the Challenge Tour rankings also plays in Ireland, and again is trying to go up the rankings to be eligible for the season ending event in Oman.

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Jimmy Mullen signs with BlackStar Golf.

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BlackStar Golf is delighted to announce the signing of Jimmy Mullen who makes his professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week, October 1-4, 2015.

Jimmy, 21 recently won all four of his matches at the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. In doing so he became only the fourth player from Great Britain and Ireland to achieve the feat and the first since Luke Donald and Paul Casey in 1999.

Jeremy Robinson of BlackStar Golf said: “We are delighted that Jimmy has chosen to join us. He has had a very successful amateur career culminating in playing such a significant role in Nigel Edwards’ winning Walker Cup team. I have followed his game closely over the last few years and hope we can help him achieve his goals as a professional”.

Jimmy said: “Having achieved my amateur goal of playing in the Walker Cup I feel now is the time to turn professional. Hopefully my experience playing amateur golf internationally will help me and I am very much looking forward to working with BlackStar.”

Jimmy successfully came through the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School last week, and after playing at St. Andrews will join several of his Walker Cup team mates at the Irish Challenge the following week.

Jimmy Mullen factfile
Age: 21
Amateur achievements:
Walker Cup winner 2015
The Open Championship, Muirfield 2013 - T75th.
Club: Royal North Devon Golf Club

@jimmymullen59

www.jimmymullengolf.co.uk

@blackstarsports

www.blackstargolf.net

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