Our press officer at Vale da Pinta brings you all the action from behind the scenes at the European Senior Tour Qualifying School.
A league of nations
We’re all set for a fascinating final day on the Algarve, as the battle for the 14 cards reaches its conclusion at Vale da Pinta. Going into the final round American Dick mast has a three shot lead over Englishman Paul Wesselingh, with two further Englishman, Steve Cipa and Glenn Ralph, in third and fourth position respectively. However the remainder of the top 14 berths consists of a mixture of nationalities, reflecting the global nature of the Senior Tour. Indeed we have three Americans, five Englishman, a Scot, a Northern Irishman, two Canadians, an Australia and an Argentinian all in the all-important positions with one round remaining and two Jamaicans one shot back.
Wesselingh for the lead
Englishman Paul Wesselingh moved into contention to win the Qualifying School with a joint best of the day 68 in the third round in Portugal. The professional at Kedleston Park, near Derby, has had his eye on the Senior Tour for a few years now and his progress has been followed with interest back at home and indeed by some loyal friends who have made the trip out to the Algarve. Paul has played in the PGA Cup on six consecutive occasions and opted not to give Tour life a shot earlier because of his young family. Now is he fully focused and hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Kedleston professional DJ Russell, who, of course, is one of the stalwarts of the Senior Tour and Chairman of the Senior Tour Committee.