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Pain in Spain is hard to digest for Norfolk professional Andrew Marshall

PUBLISHED: 12:32 29 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:32 29 November 2014

Andrew Marshall. Picture: KEITH WHITMORE

Andrew Marshall. Picture: KEITH WHITMORE

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The Norfolk golfer found himself in a tie for 20th after four impressive rounds at PGA Catalunya in Spain.

With the top 25 and ties after six days earning a place on the big tour Marshall just needed more of the same to make it. But it all went horribly wrong on day five, with a seven-over-par 78 effectively ending his challenge for another year.

Marshall dropped four shots as he went to the turn in 40, and three further bogeys on the back nine, coupled with a solitary birdie, left him playing catch-up on the final day. The Dereham professional was back to his usual solid self on Thursday, but a one-under-par 71 was not nearly enough as he eventually finished in a tie for 50th, six shots short of what was required. Marshall had made it through to the final two rounds with plenty to spare.

He was a model of consistency during the opening four days with rounds of 69, 71 69 and 68 setting up his challenge.

A solid performance was summed up by a lack of dropped shots, with only seven bogeys in his four rounds, four of which came on the opening day.

Sadly it wasn't to last, although the fact that Marshall made the cut at Tour School might open a few doors for him next year, with the Challenge Tour likely to be his main focus.

Fellow Norfolk professional William Harrold ended what has been a memorable season on a high note in Spain - but it was not enough to make the cut at Catalunya.

The Sheringham player looked down and out after a second successive two-over-par 74 at the Stadium Course had left him five over par for the tournament after three rounds.

But after coming so far in such a short space of time there was no way Harrold was going to give up the ghost - and he came agonisingly close to making it through to the final two days.

Playing the Tour Course he went to the turn in 33 after three birdies and just one dropped shot and then recorded an eagle three at the 10th to continue his rapid rise up the leaderboard.

Sadly his charge was then stalled by four successive pars and a dropped shot, and two further birdies in the last three holes were not quite enough to keep his dream of a European Tour card alive as he finished one shot short of the qualifying mark.

One poor round cost Andrew Marshall dearly as he failed to earn his card at European Tour School, writes Chris Wise.

The Norfolk golfer found himself in a tie for 20th after four impressive rounds at PGA Catalunya in Spain.

With the top 25 and ties after six days earning a place on the big tour Marshall just needed more of the same to make it. But it all went horribly wrong on day five, with a seven-over-par 78 effectively ending his challenge for another year.

Marshall dropped four shots as he went to the turn in 40, and three further bogeys on the back nine, coupled with a solitary birdie, left him playing catch-up on the final day. The Dereham professional was back to his usual solid self on Thursday, but a one-under-par 71 was not nearly enough as he eventually finished in a tie for 50th, six shots short of what was required. Marshall had made it through to the final two rounds with plenty to spare.

He was a model of consistency during the opening four days with rounds of 69, 71 69 and 68 setting up his challenge.

A solid performance was summed up by a lack of dropped shots, with only seven bogeys in his four rounds, four of which came on the opening day.

Sadly it wasn’t to last, although the fact that Marshall made the cut at Tour School might open a few doors for him next year, with the Challenge Tour likely to be his main focus.

Fellow Norfolk professional William Harrold ended what has been a memorable season on a high note in Spain – but it was not enough to make the cut at Catalunya.

The Sheringham player looked down and out after a second successive two-over-par 74 at the Stadium Course had left him five over par for the tournament after three rounds.

But after coming so far in such a short space of time there was no way Harrold was going to give up the ghost – and he came agonisingly close to making it through to the final two days.

Playing the Tour Course he went to the turn in 33 after three birdies and just one dropped shot and then recorded an eagle three at the 10th to continue his rapid rise up the leaderboard.

Sadly his charge was then stalled by four successive pars and a dropped shot, and two further birdies in the last three holes were not quite enough to keep his dream of a European Tour card alive as he finished one shot short of the qualifying mark.

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