America’s Jay Dolan III produced his second consecutive two under par 70 to open a four shot lead after two rounds of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School over the PGA Golf de Catalunya course in northern Spain.
Dolan, 61, from Leicester, Mass, went out in one over par 37 but then came home in three under par 33 to record a four under par aggregate of 140 and go into the final round four shots clear of Jamaica’s Delroy Cambridge, South Africa’s Paul Van Biljon, Australia’s Randall Vines and Ireland’s Ray Kane.
First round leader, Australia’s Richard Beer, was tied with Sweden’s Antero Bo Erik Baburin one shot further back on one over par 145 after adding a five over par 77 to his opening 68.
Dolan was one of just three competitors to break par on a day in which the swirling wind caused havoc for most of the field.
“It was certainly a lot tougher than yesterday but I hit the ball well and never got into much trouble,” said the veteran American who finished 61st on last season’s European Seniors Tour Order of Merit and who came to Spain hoping to obtain a Category 5 ranking that comes with a top-10 finish.
“That would make a big difference,” he said. “At the moment I’m struggling for starts next season but that would change if I can finish in the top-10 this week and it would be even better if I could get into the top-5 because that would get me into almost everything.”
Italy’s Pietro Molteni (70) and England’s Graham Burroughs (71) were the other two golfers who broke par and Jamaica’s Delroy Cambridge, South Africa’s Paul Van Biljon, America’s Brad Franks, England’s John Garner and Sweden’s Antero Bo Erik Baburin and Jan Bjornsson were among those who made significant advances up the field with level par 72s.
Garner was one of the few British golfers to flourish on a day in which Scotland’s Gordon Macdonald and Northern Ireland’s Kenny Stevenson dropped into a share of 10th place with Ireland’s Leonard Owens and Wales’ David Vaughan fell from second into a tie for 13th alongside Burroughs and Franks after a disappointing 78.
England’s Steve Wild fell victim of a back injury and had to withdraw after scoring an 80 in the second round. America’s Pat Kaylor also pulled out with an ankle injury after posting an 81.
America’s Skip Pratt was disqualified after not returning his card at the end of the second round.