America’s Jeff Van Wagenen defied driving rain to open a commanding four shot lead heading into the final round of the Tui Seniors Championship at the new Fleesensee Golf and Country Club in northern Germany.
Van Wagenen, 56, a long hitter from Pasadena, California, returned a second round 68 for an eleven under par aggregate of 135, four strokes better than Albania’s Agim Bardha and five in front of England’s Nick Job.
Van Wagenen’s compatriot, John Grace, winner of two out of the last three Seniors Tour events was in fourth place alongside another American, Skip Pratt, on five under par 141.
“That was a real handful out there,” said Van Wagenen. “But I’ve got to say I’m very happy because that’s as good as I’ve played in a long while.
“Let’s hope it rains tomorrow because I seem to like it,” he added.
Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland returned his second successive 71 to be in a tie for seventh place alongside Scotland’s John McTear, America’s David Ojala, Australia’s Ian Stanley and England’s Tommy Horton and Neil Coles on four under par 142.
Among the golfers who missed the cut was Scotland’s David Huish, who won both the Lawrence Batley tournament and the Bad Ragaz Seniors Open earlier this season, but who came up one stroke short after returning his second one over par 74 of the week.
Others to miss out included Scotland’s Gordon MacDonald (74-74), England’s Maurice Bembridge (78-71), Spain’s Ignacio Garrido (73-76), Spain’s Manuel Ballesteros (72-77), America’s Jerry Bruner (74-76), South Africa’s Bobby Verwey (73-77) and Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan (77-75).