FORMER Dunfermline defender Neil Fenwick continued to beat ‘Pars’ as he stayed on course to make the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.
Fenwick, who served his PGA training at Dunbar but lives in Edinburgh, was lying third heading into today’s final round of his second-stage event at El Saler in Valencia.
He followed opening rounds of 70 and 68 with a 73 to take over from Raymond Russell as the leading Lothians challenger at the four venues staging battles for the six-round final starting in Girona this weekend.
Russell, a former European Tour winner, was still on course to make the final as well, despite a third-round 70 dropping him into a tie for seventh at Lumine Golf in Tarragona.
Archerfield’s Elliot Saltman was down in 70th there but brother Lloyd was better-placed behind Fenwick at El Saler, lying 27th alongside Baberton’s Paul Ferrier. A good final round could easily lift either into the all-important top 17.
West Linton’s Gareth Wright headed into his final 18 holes at Las Colinas just inside that zone.
England’s James Heath took a seven-stroke lead into the final round there following a seven-under 64 in the third round.
Heath posted seven birdies to move to 19 under par and extend his advantage over the field, with Welshman Liam Bond (67) and South African Brandon Stone (68) joint second on 12 under par.
At El Saler, Spaniard Carlos Del Moral and Italian Niccolo Quintarelli both posted rounds of 72 to share the lead on seven under par, with Fenwick two shots back.