A poor fourth round cost Motherwell golfer Ross Kellett the chance of landing a top category our card at last week’s European Tour Q School competition.
The 27-year-old was in position to make the final two days of the six-round competition at the prestigious Catalunya Resort after two rounds of 70 followed by a third round 67.
But a disappointing 79 meant he missed the cut by three shots and the chance to compete for a top category card for the Challenger Tour - the second level for professionals - or even an elite European Tour opening.
The top 25 players after the six rounds earned European Tour cards while those tied 70th or better got top category Challenger cards.
But despite having to settle for a lower category Challenger card, Ross said he could take plenty of satisfaction from his performances during the year.
He said: “It was disappointing but it was a great experience and one hopefully I can draw strength from.
“I was 30 under par for the 12 rounds I played in the entire Q School qualifying process, but the standard is so high that just one poor round can be costly and that proved to be the case.
“But overall I am very pleased with the past year and in the last few months I have probably played the best golf of my life. Over the year I was 64 under par compared to 35 the season before and I just look to continue that improvement.
“I’ml guaranteed seven or eight starts in Challenger events with the chance of more invited and it’s up to me to make the most of those opportunities next year.”
Ross thanked sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management and TaylorMade, and Kingsfield Golf Centre near Linlithgow where he has an attachment.