Date: November 15, 2008

Jeffress fires at Euro Q-School

Steven Jeffress is the best placed Australian at the halfway mark of the European Tour&aposs Qualifying School final stage. Playing on the par 72 green course, Jeffress shot an impressive five-under par 67 to move to four-under overall and a share of 26th place. Tony Carolan is the next best Aussie, a further stroke back, while Wade Ormsby couldn&apost repeat his first round heroics and slipped down to a tie for 43rd at two-under par. Anthony Summers (56th), Matthew Millar (68th), Michael Curtain (90th) and Scott Hend (90th) will have to improve dramatically if they are to finish in the top 30 and earn a Tour card for next year. Jarrod Mosely and Andrew Tampion in 142nd and 145th places respectively will need a miracle, but the tournament is over six rounds so there is still plenty of time. Oskar Henningsson continued his fine early form with a second 66 for a three-shot lead over newly-turned pro Federico Colombo of Italy and South Africa&aposs Branden Grace. Iain Pyman, the former Amateur champion, put the pain of a back injury behind him to move into a share of sixth after a 67, as did Sweden&aposs Andreas Hogberg, who reeled off eight birdies in a 63. Former Ryder Cup player Joakim Haeggman hit a 67 to join that group while Bristol rookie Chris Wood, fifth in July&aposs Open Championship as an amateur, carved out a 66 to jump into a tie for 17th on 138. Andrew Butterfield posted a two-under 70 for a level-par 143 but amid the tension of the battle for tour cards the Englishman was still one of the happiest men in the event after wife Jo gave birth to a girl on the eve of his second round. Second Round of the European Tour School -11: Oskar Henningsson 66 66 -8: Federico Colombo 68 67, Branden Grace 66 69, Eirik Tage Johansen 69 66 -7: Johan Wahlqvist 69 67 -6: Jonathan Caldwell 67 70, Ben Evans 70 67, Chris Gane 69 68, Joakim Haeggman 70 67, Michael Hoey 68 69, Andreas Hogberg 74 63, James Kamte 67 70, Dennis Kupper 69 68, Iain Pyman 70 67, Inder Van Weerelt 66 71, Danny Willett 70 67 -5: Jesus Maria Arruti 70 68, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 69 69, Callum Macaulay 71 67, Richard McEvoy 71 67, Michael McGeady 69 69, Ake Nilsson 71 67, Henrik Nystrom 68 70, Bernd Wiesberger 71 67, Chris Wood 72 66 Also: -4: Steven Jeffress (Australia) 72 67 -3: Tony Carolan (Australia) 67 73 -2: Wade Ormsby (Australia) 66 75 -1: Anthony Summers (Australia) 71 71 E: Matthew Millar (Australia) 74 69, Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 70 73 +1: Michael Curtain (Australia) 67 77, Scott Hend (Australia) 71 73 +7: Jarrod Moseley (Australia) 75 75