Blake Windred won the second stage of the European tour school. Image: Golf NSW
New South Welshman Blake Windred booked his place in the final stage of the European Tour School after finishing first in the second phase of qualifying at the Desert Springs Golf Club in Almeria, Spain.
Windred carded rounds from 68-68-66-76 to take the stage by as many as five shots from Frenchman Sebastian Gros.
Participating in Windred is Wollongong & Jordan Zunic, who ended in one-under and Nick Flanagan, who ended in even par.
The final round was always a formality for the former world amateur number 11 in circumstances he described as brutal, his last round four over 76 turned out to be the case.
With gusts of wind reaching almost 80 km / h in the Andalusia region, the circumstances forced the postponement of the final lap in two of the four locations in the second stage.
"It was tough today," said Windred.
“It was until about 11; then it was absolutely cruel. "
The severity of Tour School has turned out to be a slightly different proposition for Windred, who has made much more use of regular tournament play. With the final goal of the week qualifying for the final stage, Windred said some simple advice he received from Dimi Papadatos helped his state of mind.
"It definitely feels a bit more killer than your average tournament, but I like that the most.
"If you play well, you get through, and if you don't play well, you miss, that's what Dimi told me," said Windred.