Sam Hutsby blasted Qualifying School officials as ‘clueless’ after he saw his hopes of regaining his place on the European Tour blown away.
The former Lee-on-the-Solent man missed the qualifying mark by two strokes at the second stage at Lumine Golf & Beach Club after he ended up at three under par and in a tie for 22nd place.
Only the top 18 progressed through to this week’s six-round marathon at PGA Catalunya – a tournament where Hutsby has flourished in the past and a venue where he would have fancied his chances again.
But the result meant he had to make do with a place on the second tier of European golf again next season with his Challenge Tour card already secured.
While Hutsby was unavailable for comment when contacted by The News, it was the nature of his demise that clearly rankled with the 25-year-old as he posted his thoughts on his Twitter account.
High winds delayed the final round and caused several stoppages in play, which clearly benefited some players far more than others.
And that left Hutsby to question the referees after he felt he had been penalised unfairly, leaving little doubt about his feelings with some hard-hitting remarks.
He tweeted: ‘Frustrating week at Q School. The decisions of the referees are questionable to stop play for three hours, then send us back out in the worst conditions.
‘Was playing some of my best golf considering the extreme conditions -3 through 15 then decide to call us in for three hours.
‘Then drop three shots in three holes!
‘I was the first group out as soon as we putt out on 18 they stop play for the day! Thanks a bunch. #clueless.’
Having made a fine start to the tournament with a five-under-par 66, Hutsby looked in great shape.
But he then undid all his good work with a second round 76 to drift back to level par for the competition.
While he fought back with a three-under-par 68 in the third round, Hutsby knew he needed to make up some ground on the final round, but could only manage a level-par 71.
It capped a disappointing season once again for the former Walker Cup man, who was looking to get back on to the main European circuit next season.
But managing only 59th in the Challenge Tour order of merit, it saw him miss out on the lucrative end-of-season Grand Final in Dubai.
And he felt the number of mistakes had been his undoing over the course of the campaign with a vow for better course management next season.
He tweeted: ‘2013 season summary – plenty of birdies but too many silly unforced errors have stopped me competing! 2014 will see better course management!’