Sunday, November 06, 2016

 David Law joint leader at Lumine in Euro

 Q School Stage 2 at four Spanish venues

David Law has regained a share of the lead at Lumine, Tarragona after three rounds of the European Tour Qualifying School Stage 2 eliminator at one of the four Spanish venues being used to provide qualifiers - the leading 17 at each after 72 holes - for the Final Stage from November 12 to 17 at PGA Catalunya, also in Spain.
The Aberdonian, who plays out of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, shot a third-round,three-under-par 68 today (Sunday) for an 11-under-par tally of 202, matched only by American Paul Imondi with rounds of 67, 70 and 65.
Law's earlier rounds were 65 and 69.
He had halves of 36-32, birdieing the second, 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th, dropping shots at the fourth and seventh.
Another Paul Lawrie GC player, Ross Kellett also looks like being among the 17 qualifiers from Lumine. He had had scores of 66, 69 and 69 for nine-under 204 and is tied for fourth place.
The other three Scots at this low-scoring venue look to be out of contention for a top-17 place. Jamie Savage (Cawder) had a 70 for one-under 201 but is joint 44th.
Portlethen's Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie GC) is T56 on 214 (73-68-73) and Perth's Daniel Young is T61 on 216 (72-72-72).
Walker Cup player and past Scottish amateur champion Grant Forrest (Craigielaw), four shots behing leader Oscar Lengden at Las Colina, Alicante,  is well placed to qualify as long as he does not repeat his third-round 74 which dropped him to a share of 13th place on 209 after his earlier scores of 67 and 68 had him well in the mix.
Forrest had a double bogey 6 at the first in halves of 37.
Blairgowrie's Bradley Neil had a triple bogey 7 at the 12th in a 72 for 213, the same 54-hole tally as Peter Whiteford who followed up good rounds of 70 and 68 with an uninspired 75.
Neil and Whiteford are tied for 26th place and somehow have to improve by at least nine places of the final round on Monday.
Paul Ferrier (68-70-68 for 216) is tied 38th.
He looks out of it as do Daniel Kay (Dunbar) and Scott Drummond.
Kay had a 76 for 219 and a share of 56th place. Drummond shot a 78 for 226 and is tied 72nd.
Comrie's Wallace Booth is joint 18th at El Saler, Valencia so a good round on Monday will clinch his place among the leading 17 qualifiers from this venue.
Booth, seven behind three joint leaders, is on three-under-par 213, his earlier rounds being 67 and 74.
Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) is T35 on 217 after scores of 74, 69 and 74. He bogeyed the 14th, 17th and 18th in his third round.
Amateur Liam Johnston (70 for 218), Chris Robb (Meldrum House) (77 fo 223) and rookie Ayrshire pro Jack McDonald (75 for 228) are placed T45, 67th and T71, which means they have little or no chance of qualifying.
At Panoramica, Castellon, the prospect is not good for the four Scots at this venue, Andrew McArthur having withdrawn after rounds of 71 and 74.
England's Charlie Ford and Laurie Canter lead by two on 14-under-par 202.
Chris Doak had an eagle 3 at the 11th in his third-round 71 but he also had too many bogeys and his 212 tally has him joint 33rd.
Jack Doherty is T45 on 214 after scoring of 73, 70 and 71. Bogeys at the 15th and 18th ended his hopes.
Paul Shields had a third-round 70 but level par 216 has his way back in a share of 54th positon.
Little-known Scot Tom Higson is 71st on 226 after a 76.

Stage 2 at four Spanish venues.
Leading 17 after 72 holes to qualify from each venue.

Par 216 (3x72)
206 D Gavins (Eng) 71 66 69, C Bouniol (Fra) 67 70 69, F Marty (Fra) 64 72 70.

213 W Booth 67 74 72 (T18)
217 E Ferguson 74 69 74 (T35)
218 L Johnston (am) 70 78 70 (T45)
223 C Robb 73 73 77 (67th)
228 J McDonald 78 75 75 (T71)

Par 213 (3x71)
201 O Lengden (Swe) 69 64 68
204 S Manley (Wal) 69 67 68, B Eccles (Aust) 72 64 68

209 G Forrest 67 68 74 (T13)
213 B Neil 69 72 73, P Whiteford 70 68 75 (T26).
216 P Ferrier 68 70 68 (T38)
219 D Kay 72 71 76 (T56)
226 S Drummond 75 73 78 (T72).

213 (3x71)
202 D Law (Sco) 65 69 68, P Imondi (USA) 67 70 65.

204 R Kellett 66 69 69 (T4)
212 J Savage 73 69 70 (T44)
214 S Kiloh 73 68 73 (T56)
216 D Young 72 72 72.

Par 216 (3x72)
202 C Ford (Eng) 64 72 66, L Canter (Eng) 65 65 72.

212 C Doak 68 73 71 (T33)
214 J Doherty 73 70 71 (T45)
216 P Shields 72 74 70 (T54)
226 T Higson 76 74 76 (71st)
Withdrew: A McArthur 71 74 wd










The leading 17 players from each venue at the end of Monday's fourth round will go forward to the Final Q School.

 The Final Stage will be conducted from November 12 to 17 at the following venue:
PGA Catalunya Resort (Tour and Stadium Courses), near Girona, Spain
(nearest airports, Girona - 10 minutes, Barcelona 90 minutes).

The Final Stage is scheduled to be played over 108 holes. A field of 156 players will play two rounds over each of the Tour and Stadium Courses. After 72 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and those players tied on the final qualifying place score who will then play two further rounds.

At the conclusion of 108 holes, the leading 25 players (and those players tied on the final qualifying place score) will be ranked according to score.

Each of these players will be eligible for membership in Category 16 of the European Tour (and Category 5 of the Challenge Tour) for the 2017 season and will be subject to the 2017 re-rank policy adopted by the Tournament Committee.

Players making the cut and finishing beyond 25th place will be eligible for membership in Category 21 of the European Tour and Category 9 of the Challenge Tour for the 2017 season. 

Players failing to make the cut will be eligible for membership in Category 15 of the Challenge Tour for the 2017 season.



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