Three golfers from the North East and Cumbria fell by the wayside at the second stage of European Tour Q School in Spain - among them British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous.
There was encouragement for 23-year-old Alex Wrigley in his first shot at qualifying. He was the closest of the trio to making progress. Wrigley, teaching professional at the Hartlepool club, was one over for his four rounds at Las Colinas, three shots short of making the play-off. Porteous, from the Bamburgh Castle club, finished two shots further back at the same venue, free-falling out of the qualifying places with a last-round 80 following scores of 69 71 67.
Still an amateur, Porteous is guaranteed starts in next season’s Masters and US Open for winning the Amateur, having played this year’s Open Championship at Muirfield.
At Valle Romano James Wilkinson, from the Carlisle club Brampton, was eight over when he needed to be seven under to make the shoot-out. The region is guaranteed two players on the European Tour next season – Durham County players Graeme Storm and Robert Dinwiddie.
Barnard Castle’s Dinwiddie, 30, starts his third spell on the tour in the New Year as a result of finishing 12th on the Challenge Tour. The six-round Final Stage of Q School begins in Girona on Sunday with three more golfers from the region entered – Chris Paisley and Kenneth Ferrie from Northumberland plus Cumbria’s Gary Lockerbie.