Richard Bland and Sam Hutsby secure European Tour spots

Sam Hutsby
Hutsby also finished second in the 2009 Qualifying School

Hampshire golfers Richard Bland and Sam Hutsby have secured places on next year's European Tour after finishing in the top five at Qualifying School.

Hutsby, 23, finished runner up to winner David Dixon while Bland, 38, came in 4th place.

"I was pleased to have been leading for four rounds so if it was a normal tournament I'd have won," Hutsby told BBC Radio Solent.

"I got off to a perfect start, some of the best golf I've ever played."

He continued: "This has given me a lot of confidence after a tough season.

"I missed the cut at a tournament in Russia and it just ate me up, I was working so hard to try and improve.

"Now it's just a great feeling and I can't wait to go and celebrate."

Hutsby, like Bland, had been through the Qualifying School in Spain before, having finished second at the event in 2009.

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