Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aberdonian confident that he can make it third time lucky

Syme, Law, MacIntyre and Henry only Scots to make it to

last two rounds of European Tour Q School Final Stage

Connor Syme (Drumoig), Aberdeen's David Law, Robert MacIntyre from Oban and Glasgow's Scott Henry are the only Scots still in with a chance of earning European Tour status by finishing within the top 25 and ties at the Qualifying School Final Stage.
They survived the cut to the leading 70 and ties with varying degrees of ease after today's fourth  round at Lumine Golf Club in Spain.
Professional's son Syme is the best placed, sharing sixth place on 11-under 275 after a fourth-round, five-under-par 67 at the Hills Course, one of the two Tarragona venues being used.
After bogeying the 13th, 15th and 18th in his second round, Syme is 13 under par for his last 36 holes without a single shot dropped.
Law is joint 25th on 279 after birdieing the third, seventh, 16th and 18th for a three-under 68 at the Lakes Course. It is third year in a row, the Aberdonian has made it to the final two rounds of the Q School and he reckons he is playing well enough to go the whole way this time and be rewarded with a European Tour player's card.
Said Law:
" I've been playing well the last few weeks so the Q School has come at a good time for me. Today was a big day as I didn’t have full category for the Challenge Tour for next season. Now that is secure I’m looking forward to the challenge over the next couple days."
MacIntyre, like Law a former Scottish amateur champion, has gone off the boil after opening with a 67. Three 71s in a row have him sharing 38th place. The left-hander, who bogeyed the 15th and 16thg today at the Lakes Course, needs to break 70 in both his last two rounds to have a chance of a top-25 finish.
Scott Henry, a former Scottish boys champion, made it through to the fifth round by the skin of his teeth - a bogey-free 69, his third sub-70 score in a row after starting with a potentially disastrous 78, got him through on the maximum qualifying total of 284.
Not such a happy day for former British boys champion Ewen Ferguson and Ross Kellett. They missed out by one shot, Ferguson tragically running up two late double bogeys in a 72 at the Hills Course when pars would have taken him through.
Much the same story for Kellett who had a double bogey 6 at the 15th and a bogey at the 18th.
Grant Forrest (286), Chris Doak (291) and Grantown on Spey's Duncan Stewart (299) also came to the end of the line for this year.

But, remember Robert the Bruce's spider motto: If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.




leading 70 and ties qualified for rounds 5 and 6
271 S Horsfield (Eng) 69 68 66 68
272 C Ford (Eng) 73 69 66 64
274 J Thomson (Eng) 67 72 68 67, B Evans (Eng) 69 66 68 71, C Blomstrand (Swe) 72 69 67 66.

275 C Syme 72 73 63 67 (T6)
279 D Law 68 73 70 68 (T25)
280 R MacIntyre 67 71 71 71 (T35)
284 S Henry 78 69 68 69 (T67)

MISSED THE CUT (284 and better qualified for final two rounds)

285 E Ferguson 74  70 69 72, R Kellett 77 67 69 72  (T69)
286 G Forrest 73 72 71 70 (T82)
291 C Doak 73 71 74 73 (T121)

299 D Stewart 78 72 69 80 (148th



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