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St Mellion's Ruth will join Drummond for Spanish marathon

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

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James Ruth is preparing to fly out to Spain for the Final Stage of qualifying for next year's PGA European Tour, which is set to start on Saturday.

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

Now Ruth will again repeat last year's feat and compete at the PGA Catalunya Resort in the Final Stage of Tour qualifying.

A total of 73 players have earned a chance to bid for a European Tour card in Girona from November 24-29. Those who made the cut will be joined by exempt players – including south Devon-based Scottish ace Scott Drummond – as they return to Spain for the gruelling six-round marathon of Final Stage.

The best 25 players and ties gain a Category 11B membership of the European Tour, and those making the cut after four rounds earn a category for the Challenge Tour.

University of Exeter beat defending champions Bournemouth 3½-2½ in the fourth round of the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier South championship at Dawlish Warren.

Following three wins on the spin, leaders Exeter visit third-placed University of Wales, Newport, in another top-of-the-table BUCS clash today, teeing off at 10am at the grand environs of Celtic Manor.

Fourth-placed University of Plymouth play second-placed Bournemouth at Dudsbury, seeking to build on an emphatic 5-1 home win over Cardiff Metropolitan University at Staddon Heights last time out.

There will be a new name of the Cornwall Golf Union Team Championship trophy next year after holders Trevose were knocked out 7½-5¼ by north-coast neighbours St Enodoc at Newquay.

Last year's runners-up Perranporth were also beaten in last Sunday's CTC quarter-finals, beaten 7¼-5½ by St Mellion at St Enodoc.

In next February's semi-finals, St Enodoc will play Camborne's Tehidy Park, who edged past Bude & North Cornwall 7¾-5 at Trevose.

St Mellion face Lelant's West Cornwall, Sunday's biggest winners following a 9¼-3½ win over Newquay at Perranporth.

The date for the semi-finals, Sunday, February 24, is fixed but venues still have to be confirmed.

Cornwall Team Championship quarter-finals: Trevose 5¼ St Enodoc 7½, Bude & North Cornwall 5 Tehidy Park 7¾, West Cornwall 9¼ Newquay 3½, St Mellion 7¼ Perranporth 5½.

Semi-finals (to be played on February 24, 2013): St Enodoc v Tehidy Park, West Cornwall v St Mellion – venues tbc.

CGU Presidents Cup quarter-finals: Merlin 5 China Fleet 4, Falmouth 5 Looe 4, Launceston 7 Lanhydrock 2, Bowood Park 7½ Lostwithiel 1½.

Semi-finals (to be played on February 24, 2013): Merlin v Falmouth, Launceston v Bowood Park – venues tbc.

Christian Vine of Woodbury Park finished three shots clear of Downes Crediton's Barry Austin in the Devon County Professionals Medal at East Devon last Thursday.

Devon County Professionals Medal (East Devon): 1 Christian Vine (Woodbury Park) 65, 2 Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) 68, 3= Neil Holman (Torbay Driving Range), Nick Cook (Elfordleigh) 71, 5= Chris Gill (Exeter), Richard Woods (Dainton Park), Andrew Place (Staddon Heights) 72.

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