Four Scots on course for Senior Tour cards

Gordon Manson, Peter Smith, Terry Burgoyne and Ian Dougan are all in the card-winning places at the halfway stage of the European Senior Tour qualifying school final in Portugal.

St Andrews-born Manson, who was sharing the lead overnight, dropped back with a one-over 72 for a three-under 139 but still shares fourth, three shots behind South African leader Steve Van Vuren.

Former Northern Open champion Smith had a 71 for 140 to sit in a tie for sixth and was joined on that mark by Sweden-based Burgoyne, who shot a 70.

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Dougan fired a 68 to move into a share of 11th on a 141 while former Scottish PGA champion Fraser Mann hovers just outside the qualifying zone of the top 14 on 143 after a 71.

Scott Henry stayed on course for a place on next year's Alps Tour during the second round of the qualifying school final in southern Italy.

The former Scottish Strokeplay champion posted a four-under 68 over the Metaponto course for a 137 total and heads into today's closing round in a share of 17th, with the top 35 after 54-holes earning a card.

James McGhee fired a 68 to move into the qualifying zone on 138 but Lee Harper slipped back with a 74 and just survived the cut on the 143 limit.