Hazelmere's Jonas takes aim a European Tour spot

Phil Jonas is in Portugal this week, at European Senior Tour Q-school. - File photo
Phil Jonas is in Portugal this week, at European Senior Tour Q-school.
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Phil Jonas needs a strong round today (Wednesday) in Portugal if he hopes to qualify for the European Senior Golf Tour.

After three rounds at the second stage of the senior tour qualifying school, Jonas, a 51-year-old Cloverdale teaching pro who works out of Hazelmere Golf Course as well as Richmond’s McCleery course, is in a logjam for 17th place, one shot back of the top 14 golfers. The top six finishers at the 72-golfer, four-round Q-school event earned exempt status for the 2013 season, while finishers sixth though 14th received conditional status.

Jonas advanced to the second stage of qualifying after finishing inside the top 30 at the first stage, which was held in Portugal Jan. 24-25.

So far in Round 2, Jonas has carded scores of 73, 70 and 71 on the par-71, 6,553-yard Pinta Course at Pestana Golf Resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast.

Jonas decided to give the European Senior Tour another shot after an impressive turn at last summer’s Senior British Open in Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland.

During the first round of Q-school Jan. 24-25, Jonas was joined in the field by a West Coast Golf Group colleague – Mark Forrest, head pro at Langley’s Belmont Golf Course, also took part.

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