Ruth earns hope of European Tour card while Drummond misses out
St Mellion touring professional James Ruth has qualified for today and tomorrow's final two rounds at the PGA European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage in Spain.
South Devon-based Scott Drummond came within a shot of making it through to the final two rounds as he recorded a scorching second-round 68 at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, but in the end he fell at the final hurdle.
Yesterday's round-four cut turned out to be a two-over-par score of 286. Plymouth-born Ruth – consistency personified in the opening three rounds – was one of six players to finish on 286 and tied for 68th place after scoring 70, 71, 69 and 76.
His level-par 70 and one-under 69 came on the Tour Course, while his one-under 71 was followed by a four-over 76 on the Stadium Course during a wet and cold day at Catalunya Resort yesterday.
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Drummond was one of six players to miss out by a single shot, tied in 74th place on 287.
The Shrewsbury-born Scot carded 76, 68, 70 and a last-round one-over 73 around the Stadium Course yesterday. "The cruellest of margins – yet again," was Drummond's response on Twitter to his failure to progress.
Drummond was well aware that his putting had let him down in Girona. On Monday, after his round of 70, he wrote: "Another brutal day on the greens – simply cannot read them this week. Totally frustrated."
Somerset's David Dixon, from Bridgwater's Enmore Park, scored 285 to make it through, however, along with Bristol's Chris Lloyd, from the Kendleshire.
Argentina's Estanislao Goya remained on top of the leaderboard yesterday alongside former Walker Cup player Andy Sullivan, of England, with their 12-under-par scores of 272.
Goya struggled to a one-over-par 73 on the Stadium Course, opening the door for Sullivan to share the lead thanks to a three-under-par 69.
German amateur Moritz Lampert, Frenchman Anthony Snobeck, Finn Mikko Korhonen and Englishmen Richard McEvoy and John Parry made up the chasing pack at 11 under, with Parry carding the joint-lowest round of the day on the Stadium Course, a sparkling five-under-par 67.
A total of 73 players qualified for the final two rounds, played over the Stadium Course, after which the top 25 and ties earn a European Tour card for 2013.
Along with Drummond, no fewer than 19 past European Tour winners missed the four-round cut, including Nick Dougherty, Paul Broadhurst and Rhys Davies.
Exeter touring professional Chris Gill is competing at the Taba Heights Pro-Am Invitational in Egypt this week, after finishing third in the team event last year.
Gill will be joined in the field by Torbay Golf Centre professional Neil Holman, who is also travelling out to the Sinai peninsula to compete in the invitational tournament.
Gill already knows what it takes to win at Taba Heights. He topped the tournament leaderboard in 2010.
Yelverton teenage amateur ace Dan Rosevear maintained his summer form by winning the first Devon County Golf Union Captain's Winter Medal over his home course.
Rosevear carded a three-under-par 69 to finish two strokes clear of Royal North Devon's David Ashley and Saunton teenager Matt Wells.
Yelverton is also the home course of Channel League winning Devon player-skipper Adam Bridgewater.
The second DCGU Captain's Winter Medal takes place next year, on Sunday, January 27, at Saunton, over the West course. The event tees off the 2013 Devon county amateur programme.