Parry can’t push way through Open door

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HARROGATE’S John Parry must wait at least another year to make his Open debut.

Parry, who played in the 
US Open earlier this month for the second time after again making it through the difficult qualifying process, was unable to claim a place in the year’s penultimate major championship, which will be held at St Andrews from July 16-19.

He was among a dozen Yorkshire entrants looking to claim one of three spots on offer at yesterday’s 36-hole Final Qualifying at Hillside Southport.

Rounds of 71 and 73 left him at level par, three shots behind winner Scott Arnold, of Australia.

Eight days on from his Regional Qualifying win over his home course of Moortown, there was disappointment, too, for EuroPro Tour player Nick McCarthy.

He put himself out of contention with a first-round 76, but his level-par 72 in the afternoon on a day of relatively high scoring will at least have given him a confidence boost as he tied for 18th.

Howley Hall’s Marcus Armitage shot a first round 80 and had a No Return for the afternoon.

Amateur Simon Coumbe, of Pontefract – who had qualified behind McCarthy at Moortown – fired two rounds of 81.

Parry’s fellow European competitor Matthew Fitzpatrick, of Sheffield, also found a place beyond reach. He, like McCarthy, left too much ground to make up after shooting 76 in the first round. He was round in two-under 70 in the afternoon.

The Yorkshireman who came closest was Huddersfield’s Nick Marsh.

The English amateur champion was in the top three places when he moved to two under par overall on the back nine of his second round, but a dropped shot put him out of contention, his second consecutive narrow miss in Final Qualifying.

His rounds of 71 and 72 gave him a tie for fourth place, two shots shy of forcing American amateur Jordan Niebrugge and Swedish professional Pelle Edberg to compete in a three-man play-off for two spots.

Woodsome Hall’s Chris Hanson, a Challenge Tour player, claimed a place at last year’s Open when he succeeded in a four-man play-off for three places – the man who missed out was aforementioned Yorkshire county player Marsh.

Hanson could not repeat the feat this time. After an encouraging opening level-par 72 he slipped to a 77.

Colin Montgomerie has just one remaining chance to reach this year’s Open after missing out at Woburn. The 52-year-old Scot fell four strokes short.

His chances of returning to the ‘Home of Golf’, where he finished second to Tiger Woods in 2005, are now dependent on a strong showing at next week’s Scottish Open at Gullane.

Oulton Hall’s Daniel Gavins is tied 11th after firing a 68 on day one of the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Links on the EuroPro Tour.

Joe Heraty (Moor Allerton) fared only one shot worse but on a day of low scoring that has him sharing 27th place.

Gavins had three birdies in four holes from the fourth, but his outward nine ended with a bogey. He had one birdie on the way back to the clubhouse.

Heraty bogeyed the fourth but then had three birdies in the next four holes. He had a becalmed back nine with one birdie and one bogey.