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St Mellion's Ruth moves closer to a European Tour place after reaching final qualifying round

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

St Mellion's Plymouth-born touring  professional James Ruth

St Mellion's Plymouth-born touring professional James Ruth

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James Ruth has won through to the final stage of qualifying for next year's PGA European Tour.

The 27-year-old St Mellion touring professional – born in Plymouth, raised in Tavistock – finished joint fifth in second stage qualifying at Lumine Golf and Beach Club in Tarragona, Spain.

In doing so, Ruth has repeated his efforts of last year and will again compete in the final stage at the PGA Catalunya Resort.

A total of 73 players have earned a chance to bid for a European Tour card in Girona from November 24-29 as they emerged from the 303 taking part in the second stage, which was hosted at four different venues across Spain.

Ruth carded three 69s before a fourth and final round 68 to finish on nine under par 275 with three other players – Spains's Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, France's Christophe Brazillier and Ireland's Niall Kearney – in Tarragona.

Welsh ace Liam Bond – a pre-tournament favourite – topped the Lumine leaderboard on 17 under par (267), three clear of runner-up Paul Maddy.

Truro's Rhys Enoch – now touring professional at Celtic Manor – was two strokes away from qualifying at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club in Alicante.

Enoch scored 72 and 76 over the opening two rounds but then showed what he is capable of with a third day 68 and final round 66 to finish on two under (282) and joint 30th.

Saunton's Jon White, who won through to El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia, and Teignmouth's Billy Hemstock, playing at Campo de Golf El Saler in Valencia, finished outside the qualifying groups from their respective courses.

Today Ruth is set to play in the 888poker.com Tour Championship over the Marquess course at Woburn. The three-day event teed off yesterday.

Wales international Ben Westgate (Trevose) won the second round of the Winter Golf Series held at Perranporth with a four-under-par 40 points total.

University of Exeter host defending champions Bournemouth in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier South championship fourth round at Dawlish Warren today seeking to build on back-to-back wins over Cardiff Met and Plymouth. Plymouth host Cardiff Met at Staddon Heights (9am).

Trevose will tee off their Cornwall Team Championship defence against St Enodoc at Newquay in Sunday's quarter-finals.

2013 CTC quarter final draw (all 8am starts): Trevose v St Enodoc (at Newquay), Bude & North Cornwall v Tehidy Park (Trevose), West Cornwall v Newquay (Perranporth), St Mellion v Perranporth (St Enodoc).

2013 Cornwall Golf Union Bowl second-round results: Mullion 3 Carlyon Bay 2, Perranporth 1 Trethorne 4, St Enodoc 2 Newquay 3, Bude 3½ Tehidy Park 1½, St Austell 5 Looe 0, Porthpean 4 Truro 1, Lanhydrock 3 Budock Vean 2, Trevose 2 Whitsand Bay 3.

Tiverton's Ben Hearn has been selected for the new England Golf under-16 South West squad.

The 15-year-old three-handicapper is hoping to get to scratch and to play in national boys' events.

Tiverton's Grace Jackson's potential has also been acknowledged, having been selected for England Golf's Birdie training programme.

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