Monday, November 26, 2012


There was good and bad news today  for Ladies European Tour starlet Carly Booth from Comrie, Perthshire at the halfway stage of the six-round European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya, Girona near Barcelona in North-east Spain. 

Her boyfriend - and sometimes caddie - Tano Goya from the Argentine continues to make every yard of the running in what is reckoned to be one of the most gruelling tests, mentally and physically, on the golf calendar. 
The bad news for Carly is that her older brother Wallace is sharing 118th place in the field of 156 and is unlikly to survive the fourth-round cut to the leading 70 players and ties for the final two rounds over the longer and tougher, Stadium Course.
 Wallace has had rounds of 77, 71 and 73 and is seven over par on the 221 mark. Fortunately for the Aberdonian's son, his good form earlier in the season guaranteed him a place on the Challenge Tour next season.Anybody on the 213-214 mark after three rounds faced a sleepless night as they are on the golfing tightrope without a safety net. Miss the cut and they are, more or less, in golfing limbo as a tour pro.
 Former PGA championship winner Scott Drummond is one of those on 214, mainly because he started with a 76 on Saturday.For Andrew McArthur (218) and Raymond Russell (220), the prospects are bleak. Like Drummond, McArthur saddled himself with a colossal burden on the first day, an eight-over-par 80. He has played well since then with a 67 and 71 but the damage has been done and he is joint 84th. 
Russell just has not got his teeth into the task in hand with rounds of 73-72-75 for a share of 102nd place.
 Up at the sharp end of the scoreboard, Goya repeated his first-day, six-under-par 64 over the shorter Tour Course and he is on 13-under-par 199, two shots ahead of Italy's Matteo Delpodio and Sweden's Mikael Lundberg, both of whom shot 65 in the third round. 
That's the kind of scoring a player has to produce as this level of cut-throat golf.  
Helensburgh's Gary Orr, at 45, has been round the houses more than once and knows what it takes to survive. He is leading the Scots in joint eighth place on eight-under 204 after a 68 on the Tour Course. 
George Murray from Anstruther is sharing 17th place on 207 after a level-par 70 at the venue.
Orr and Murray just need to continue in the same vein to make the leading 25 who will gain playing rights on the European Tour at the end of the sixth round on Thursday.

For Tulliallan's Callum Macaulay, Alastair Forsyth from Paisley and Edinburgh-based Jamie McLeary, the chips are down. They should beat the fourth-round cut but need to look longer term than that and find the form that moves them up into the top 25. 
Macaulay looks to be up for it. He had a four-under 66 today for four-under 208, the same total as Forsyth who had a encouraging 68. They are joint 26th.
McLeary broke 70 for the second time in three days but even a one-under 69 for 210 leads him well off the required schedule in joint 45th place.



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