Ruth misses out on place on Tour
ST MELLION touring professional James Ruth fired a sixth and final round 69 at the PGA European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage in Spain – however it was not enough to claim an automatic place on next year's tour.
Twenty-eight players earned their playing rights for the 2013 European Tour international schedule at the gruelling Girona event.
Plymouth-born Ruth – who carded a fifth round 71 after making Tuesday's fourth round cut – upped his game with a three under par final round score around the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort.
After six gruelling rounds the 27-year-old totalled two under par 426 to finish just three shots off the top 24 and ties qualifying for a place on next year's European Tour on five under 423.
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Harrogate's John Parry secured his return to the European Tour by winning the final stage by four shots courtesy of a sixth round two under par 70 for an amazing 19 under total of 409.
Parry soared to a convincing win, posting four birdies and two bogeys to finish four ahead of Mikael Lundberg, who closed with a 69, and six clear of Andy Sullivan, who repeated his 2011 performance in taking third place.
Parry is the fourth consecutive English winner of the final stage, following Simon Khan (2009), Simon Wakefield (2010) and David Dixon (2011).
This week Somerset's Dixon, from Bridgwater's Enmore Park, finished tied 60th and four over on 432 – nine shots off qualification.
Wembury-based professional Scott Drummond missed the cut on Tuesday – after four rounds – by just one shot.
GOLF AROUND THE GREENS YELVERTON
THE veterans' three ball better ball competition was won by Paul Harvey, Keith Stokes and Eric Bradshaw with a score of 71 points.
Second spot, with 66 points, went to David Jeremiah, Paddy Westell and Terry Maber.
Dennis Voisin, Keith Clench and John Friend were third (65).