Ross looking to pass his test at qualifying school

Ross Kellett
Ross Kellett

Motherwell golfer Ross Kellett is hoping to end a frustrating year on a high in Spain this weekend.

The 26-year-old flew out to Valencia this week to take part in the second stage of the Q School qualifying competition which will determine at which level he plays next year.

The Colville Park player turned pro in 2012 and success in the Alps Tour - the pro game’s third level - earned him a spot in the Challenge Tour for 2013, but unfortunately, despite some good performances he was unable to retain his card and dropped back down to the third level Europro Tour for this year.

But now he’s looking to get back to get back to Challenger Tour level, or even grab one of coveted European Tour spots also up for grabs for the top finishers in the Q School competition.

Ross said: “It’s been a bit of a frustrating year because I’ve played some good stuff and had six top 10 finishes from 16 events.

“The way the tour is it’s top heavy in terms of the money and getting among the ranking points and unless you win, or get some second finishes on your own without sharing with other guys, it can be a bit of a struggle.

“But having finished fourth in the first stage of Q School in England I’m looking forward to this week.

“I’ve played the course before so I know the lie of the land and what to expect and hopefully I can do enough to make it through the final stages.”

The top 25 per cent of players from this weekend’s four-round event will go on to the final stage of the complicated qualifying process.

From there the top 27 in the final event will earn European Tour spots while those finishing from between 27th and 70th go through to the Challenger Tour.

Ross completed his regular Europro Tour season at the Visit Egypt Tour Championships over the El Gouna course last weekend, finishing tied 24th with a three-round total of 221.