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Jimenez Jr, amateur Lundell earn medalist honours as 57 players secure their cards

January 31, 2020
TOP OF THE CLASS...Miguel Angel Jimenez Jr (right) and Filip Lundell with Chris White of Ayla Oasis after winning their respective Qualifying School events

AQABA, Jordan: Fifty-seven players have secured their 2020 MENA Tour by Arena card by successfully negotiating the two Qualifying School stages held at Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan.

The 2020 season of the Tour starts with the Journey to Jordan #1 from Monday, February 3.

The medalist honour of Qualifying School A belonged to Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who secured a three-shot win over England’s Nathan Kimsey with a score of nine-under par 207. His final-round 66 included two eagles – on the first and the 17th holes.

Swedish amateur Filip Lundell won the Qualifying School B after prevailing in a three-man play-off. The Grand Canyon University alumni made an eagle on the first extra hole to beat Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden and Ireland’s Paul McBride after all three finished the regulation 54 holes at seven-under par 209.

A total of 22 players earned their cards from Q School A and 35 from Q School B.

Among the qualifiers are two Open Championship silver medalists – Alfie Plant of England, who was the top amateur in the 2017 championship at Royal Birkdale, where he was the Low Amateur and finished tied 62nd; and Scotland’s Sam Locke, who was best amateur in the 2018 Open at Carnoustie.

Locke, the 2017 Scottish Amateur champion, finished seventh with three successive rounds of one-under par 71.

Plant, the 2017 European Amateur champion, also finished on three-under par in Q School A, and was tied sixth.

Also securing his MENA Tour by Arena membership is the highly regarded Irishman Conor Purcell. The Australian Men’s Amateur champion last year, he had a career-best ranking of ninth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and turned pro late last year.

Purcell finished tied eighth in Q School A with a three-day score of two-under par.

Devin Suri, the younger brother of American star Julian Suri, qualified through the Q School A in 13th place, one ahead of veteran European Tour star Richard Finch, winner of the 2007 New Zealand Open and the 2008 Irish Open.