The qualifying for the 2016 UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe is well underway with 16 confirmed qualifying events and 15 PGA Professionals already locked in to the field.
The Association’s flagship Championship takes place for the sixth time from the 10th to 13th October at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria, the popular Peter Harradine designed 18-hole, par 72, championship course that has become an international favourite on the Association’s schedule.
Confederation of Professional Golf Member Countries allocate events, such as National Championships or Order of Merits, to act as their qualifiers for the Championship, whilst each of the eligible winners from the other Confederation of Professional Golf Championships and Sanctioned Events also qualify to compete.
2013 Champion, Federico Elli (PGA of Italy), will return seeking his second coveted title, along with fellow Italian Andrea Signor.
The PGA of France’s Mickael Altmeyer joins the field as one of the three victorious Professionals from the 2015 International Team Championship, whilst fellow countryman, Laurent Poncelet, makes his third appearance at the Championship this year.
Darren Bragg (PGA in England) and Georg Schultes (PGA of Austria) also earned their spots with wins at the 2016 Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am and 2016 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am respectively.
2016 PGA of Holland Professional Champion, Ralph Miller, also returns with the aim of going one better than last year’s second place at Pravets, and will be joined by last year’s tied-ninth Professionals from the PGA in Scotland, Craig Ronald and Graeme Brown.
Thomas Hansen and John Drummond will represent the PGA of Norway, and after finishing tied-fifth in the Welsh National PGA Championship, Stuart Runcie will take his place in the field as a PGA in Wales representative.
Andrew Raitt finished in second place in the PGA in England qualifier, the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship, with Stuart Brown finishing in tied-third place, each earning their ‘passports to Pravets’.
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