America’s Jay Dolan III became the second successive American to win the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School when he closed with a level par 72 to win this year’s School at the PGA Golf de Catalunya course in northern Spain.
Dolan, 61, from Leicester, Mass, who follows in the footsteps of compatriot, Jay Horton, winner of last year’s Seniors Qualifying School in Turkey, finished with a four under par aggregate of 212, one shot ahead of New Zealand’s Barry Vivian and Australia’s Randall Vine, with Jamaica’s Delroy Cambridge in fourth place one shot further back on one under par 215.
Ireland’s Raymond Kane finished alone in fifth place after a two over par 74 and will now be eligible for almost all of the events on next year’s Seniors circuit.
“I was so nervous that I didn’t sleep at all last night,” said Dolan who was 61st on last season’s Seniors Tour money list.
“I have to admit that I played horribly today but I got a bit of luck when I needed it and managed to hang on.
“Now I think I’m going to sleep for a week,” he added.
First round leader, Richard Beer, from Australia, and Sweden’s Antero Bo Erik Baburin finished in a tie for sixth place after closing 74s and Northern Ireland’s Kenny Stevenson, America’s Robert Uhlir and South Africa’s Paul Van Biljon all claimed places in the top-10 after a sudden-death play-off to decide who would gain the last places in the Tour’s Category 5 membership list.
The unfortunate man who missed out was Canada’s John Irwin who bogied the second extra hole to drop into 11th place.
That costly bogey meant that Irwin dropped into Category 9 and will get less starts than the other three on next year’s Seniors circuit.
Northern Ireland’s Paul Leonard, winner of the 1998 Efteling European Seniors Trophy, had to retire midway through his final round suffering from back spasms.
Another former Seniors Tour winner, England’s John Garner, finished in 31st place after rounds of 77, 72 and 77.