Frenchman Christian Cevear, trying to regain his Tour card after struggling all season, continued to set the pace in Qualifying School – Stage Two at Emporda with a second round of 66, five under par, to lead by two strokes.
Cevear, whose best performance on the European Tour was second in the Madeira Island Open in 1995, picked up six birdies and just the one dropped shot on the ninth to move a step closer to the Qualifying School Finals. The 29-year-old, born on the Pacific Island of New Caledonia, has successfully graduated from the Qualifying School on three out four attempts since turning professional in 1993.
“I feel I know the course well,” he said. “I know when to be patient and when to have a go and these are wonderful big putting surfaces.”
Two shots further back is the former Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup player Mark Foster after a round of 67 took him to ten under 132 at the halfway stage. England’s Justin Rose also made progress with a 67, four under par, with the help of a 35 foot eagle putt on the last green. Rose climbed into a share of ninth place on 137.
At Pals, 43-year-old Juan Quiros, back after a wrist injury ruled him out of action for four months, continues to lead the way after a second round of 68 for a halfway total of 134, 12 under par. The Spaniard flew out of the blocks six successive birdies from his second hole, the 11th at Pals. He dropped a shot on the 17th to go out in 32 but two bogeys on both the par fives on the back nine cancelled his next two birdies for a level par back nine.
Three shots adrift is Australian Grant Dodd who shot a six under par 67. His round included five birdies and an eagle of the par five 14th. Dodd won the BTC Slovenian Open on the Challenge Tour earlier this year but missed out on a place in the First Cuba European Challenge Tour Grand Final this week by just the one place, finishing 46th in the Challenge Tour Rankings.
The 32-year-old from Australia’s Gold Coast only took up golf at the age of 18 when he went to university but has made rapid progress since then despite a two-year break when he had his shoulder reconstructed. His best performances to date in Australia are joint fourth in the Coolum Classic and the tenth in the Heineken Classic at the Vines, Perth, two years ago.
At Perelada, England’s Kenneth Ferrie leads after a second round 66 for an aggregate of 134. He leads Frenachman Jean-Francios Lucquin, South African Brett Liddle and England’s Gary Clark by a shot.
A total of 29 players from each course will progress to the Qualifying School Finals to be held at San Roque Club and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande on November 17-22.Emporda Round 2 ScoresPals Round 2 ScoresPeralada Round 2 Scores