Lothians golfers facing Q School failure

Raymond Russell (Getty Images) with Neil Fenwick and Gareth Wright, below
Raymond Russell (Getty Images) with Neil Fenwick and Gareth Wright, below
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THREE Lothians players were facing elimination today at the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.

Gareth Wright, Raymond Russell and Neil Fenwick all headed into the fourth round outside the first cut-off zone in Girona.

Wright’s promising start at PGA Catalunya was undone by an error-strewn six-over-par 76 in his third round.

It dropped him from inside the all-important top 25 into a tie for 77th on one-over-par.

That left West Linton-attached Wright with work to do today to be amongst the 76 qualifiers for the final two rounds.

Both Russell and Fenwick needed to go even lower to keep alive their bids of securing coveted European Tour cards.

Fenwick (75) was tied for 121st on six-over, one ahead of Russell after his 77 in the third round. Only two Scots – Jack Doherty and Alastair Forsyth – were sitting inside the card qualifying zone with two rounds to go.

Meanwhile, former Duddingston assistant Tom Buchanan was the top Scot heading into the final round of the MENA Tour Championship in Abu Dhabi. Enjoying home advantage at Al Ain, Buchanan was lying joint-eighth after rounds of 69 and 67. On six-under, he trailed the leader, Moroccan Faycal Serghini, with a round to go.