Tom Whitehouse powered to victory in the European Tour's Qualifying School and then heaped praise on his father for guiding him through the six-round marathon on the Costa del Sol.
The 25-year-old from Birmingham, who already held a card for the main circuit in 2006 after finishing 17th on this year's Challenge Tour rankings, enhanced his category even further as he signed off with a four-under-par round of 68 for a 13-under aggregate of 419.
The English youngster, who had his father Colin caddying for him during the event, finished two strokes ahead of fellow Midlander Robert Rock and pocketed the first prize of £15,000. Rock took home just under £11,000.
"I came here to improve on the category that I already had and, by winning here, I think we could say it was worth coming," said Whitehouse.
"I didn't feel I was playing that great coming here, but my dad has been caddying for me and he was a massive influence, the best he's ever been. He made me feel so relaxed and I'm delighted to have won here."
Rock closed with a 71 for an 11-under total of 421 while Hertfordshire's David Griffiths completed an English one-two-three after finishing on sevenunder 425, despite slipping to a final-round 76.
Former Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin, a five-time Tour winner, grabbed the tenth of 32 cards on offer with a 69 for a level-par 432.
While Whitehouse eased to the No 1 spot, Sweden's Leif Westerberg and Argentinian duo Miguel Carballo and Ariel Canete illustrated the varying fortunes that this event can produce.
Westerberg, five shots outside the card-winning places at the start of the final round, came surging up into the top ten with a career-best nine-under 63 to finish on 432.
"It was the best round of my life," said the former Challenge Tour winner.
Carballo, meanwhile, conjured the most dazzling finish of the day, covering his closing three holes in four under, which included an ace at his 17th hole - the short eighth - to sneak into the qualifying zone.
Carballo went birdie, eagle, birdie (four, one, three) on his way to a 69 and a two-over total, two shots inside the cut-off point.
As Carballo celebrated his achievement, countryman Canete suffered a disastrous late collapse and a quadruple-bogey eight on the final hole saw him lose the card he had in his grasp as he finished on 437.
Scotsman David Drysdale also finished on the five-over mark as he suffered another cruel twist to a year riddled with ill fortune.
The 30-year-old from Dunbar signed off his six-round campaign with a battling three-under-par 69 but failed to seize one of the cards by just a single shot.
Drysdale finished 117th on the European Tour's Order of Merit this year, one place and £400 shy of the safety mark and the former Scottish Assistants' champion endured more heartache yesterday as he again fell agonisingly short.
"I think this sums the season up," he lamented.
Malcolm Mackenzie, the 2002 French Open winner, also missed out by a stroke.