Today HomeofGolf.TV chats to Ross Biddiscombe, author of Golf On The Edge 2: Q School Complete and also Golf on the Edge: Triumph and Tragedies of Q School.
During our chat Ross gave me a brilliant insight into all the stages of Q School in Europe which golfers must undertake. We discussed how golfers pay £1300 for the privilege of attending Q School and then try and make it through 14 rounds of golf to be amongst the top 30 and ties who qualify for category 11b membership of the European Tour. It seems like it comes down to a mixture of concentration, dedication and some luck too. Ross admitted to me that these golfers are just normal guys like you and me, with a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed. At the end of the day qualification through Q School can often come down to an 8 foot putt — the difference often between a successful professional golfing career globetrotting the world and one spent working behind the till at your local golf club. As Ross has witnessed many times at Q School, there’s an incredibly fine line between success and failure.