Friday, January 15, 2010

Open International Qualifying for Australasia

Barnes, Porter, Senior win places at St Andrews

Kurt Barnes shot a second-round 64 at Kingston Heath, Melbourne today to win this year's Open at St Andrews' 36-hole International Qualifying Australasian tournament.
Barnes, who had a two-round total of 10-under 134, will be joined in Scotland from July 15-18 by fellow Australians Ewan Porter and Peter Senior from the 44-man qualifying field.
Porter, who led after 18 holes, finished two strokes behind Barnes after a second-round 68. Senior shot 70 to finish five strokes off the lead.
Steve Jones (69) and Aaron Townsend (72) of Australia were the best of the non-qualifiers, finishing two shots out of a play-off for the final qualifying spot.
Porter has twice previously qualified through the Australasian tournament, both times at his home club at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney in 2007 and 2008. Senior will be playing the Open for the 18th time – he last competed in 2000 at St. Andrews.
Other Open International Qualifying tournaments are scheduled for January 20-21 in South Africa, an Asian qualifying tournament at a date to be announced, May 24 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and the European qualifier June 7 at Sunningdale Golf Club, Surrey.



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