Gary Lockerbie is the class act at European Tour Q School

Gary Lockerbie soared 67 places up the European Tour Q School field in Spain yesterday

Gary Lockerbie
Gary Lockerbie

Gary Lockerbie soared 67 places up the European Tour Q School field in Spain yesterday.

The Penrith golfer joins Chris Paisley among 14 players tied 17th in Final Stage after the opening two rounds.

Lockerbie followed a par opener with a five-under 65 thanks to birdies on three of his last five holes.

Paisley, from Mickley Square, would have signed for his second sub-70 round had his first bogey of the day not arrived at the last hole.

The top 25 in the six-round tournament win tour cards with Matfen Hall’s Kenneth Ferrie battling to make tomorrow evening’s four-round cut.

A six-over 78 leaves Ferrie tied 147th and seven over for the tournament. American John Hahn leads on ten under under after two rounds of 66.

Hull’s Richard Finch remains in contention.

The 36-year-old, who lay joint second after Sunday’s first round, sits three shots off the lead after a score of 71 on day two in Girona.

Finch started his round well but suffered three bogeys on the back nine which left him on seven under par in a five-way tie for third alongside Scotland’s Alistair Forsyth, South African Brandon Stone, Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark.

Hahn leads after matching his first-round 66 with another yesterday to go 10 under par.

Two shots further back is Sweden’s Jens Dantorp, who – despite a double bogey on the 15th – managed to add 68 on the Tour Course to his opening 66.

Overnight leader Edouard Espana of France suffered a tough time on the front nine, recording three bogeys and a double bogey on the fifth, but he progressed with three birdies on the back nine to record a score of 74 and sits four shots off the lead.

Alongside Espana on six under par are English trio Daniel Brooks, Oliver Wilson and Adam Gee ahead of today’s third round of six.

Glaswegian Forsyth was feeling positive after his 70 on Monday left him in a good position.

He has not managed to finish inside the top 100 in The Race to Dubai since 2008 and believes the long hours of work he has done with coach Ian Rae have begun to pay dividends.

He said: “It’s been a terrible three or four seasons for me, but I feel as if myself and my coach have got to the bottom of the problems so I’m a lot more positive going forward.

“This is a very different week, a big one, but I am a lot more confident I can turn it around.”

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