Date: November 17, 2007

Percy gets good third-term report

Australian Cameron Percy is leading the field at the US PGA&aposs Craig Ranch TPC Qualifying School as New Zealander Grant Waite finds himself just two strokes off the pace at Lake Jovita. By leading at Craig Ranch, Percy looks in contention to gain a place in the Orange County Classic, as the top 15 or so players from each of six qualifying schools across the United States will advance to the tournament in southern California, where they will have the opportunity to qualify for a card on the 2008 US PGA tour. Percy is currently one of two players leading at Craig Ranch, after a one-under 70 on Friday (US time) took him to seven-under overall, three strokes ahead of compatriot David Lutterus. Further back at the same school is Aussie Kane Webber, who is at two over, while compatriot Steven Bowditch and New Zealander Phil Tataurangi are both at 15-over. At Lake Jovita, New Zealander Waite, who enjoyed a PGA Tour card this year, is at 11-under overall, two strokes off the lead and well in contention for qualification to the Orange County tournament. Another New Zealander in Brad Heaven is further back at four-under while compatriot Mike Hendry is at one-over and Australian Scott Hend at two over overall. In a good day for the New Zealand contingent, Tim Wilkinson has given himself a good chance of qualifying from the Hombre Golf Course school after finishing the third day at three-under overall. His closest Australasian competition comes from compatriot Doug Holloway, who is at one-under overall as Josh Carmichael finished the day 12-over overall. The Australians at Hombre have not fared well, though, as Paul Gow finds himself at six-over and Bronson La Cassie 14-over, while Brad Hughes has withdrawn from the school at the end of his third round. It was better news for the Aussies at the Woodlands school as Andrew Bonhomme finished the third day just two strokes off the lead at seven-under while compatriot Ben Ferguson is at three-over. Michael Sim may have just missed out on a provisional card on the Tour at the end of the 2007 season – he finished in the 160s on the money list when he needed to finish between 125 and 150 to secure a provisional card – but he has produced some solid form at the Royal Dunes school, finishing the third day at 11-under, four strokes off the lead. Sim is being challenged, though, by New Zealand&aposs Brad Iles, who is at nine-under and Aussie compatriot Brad Lamb, four strokes off Sim at seven-under. Finally, there&aposs an all-Australian contingent playing at Oak Valley, where Greg Chalmers is three strokes off the lead at 12-under overall. His nearest Aussie challenger is Steve Jeffress at four under, while Marc Leishman (three-under), Andrew Tschudin (two-under), Kurt Barnes (two-under), David Diaz (five-over), Aaron Townsend (six-over) and Aaron Pike (nine-over) are further back down the field.