Kidderminster's Richard Wassell had an impressive four-under 66 at Droitwich - and but for a faltering finish it could have been the round of his young career.
Playing over the new Gaudet Luce course in the Midland Region qualifier for the PGA British Assistants' Championship, the 21-year-old former Worcestershire amateur champion dropped his only shots of the day on the last two holes to be third, two shots behind joint winners, Andrew Plester (Nuneaton) and Oliver Johnson, from Scraptoft, near Leicester.
The top ten from more than 50 starters will join qualifiers from throughout Britain and Ireland for the 54-hole Powerade final, at The London club, near Brands Hatch, in mid-August. The winner picks up £5,000 and is invited to play in the USPGA Assistants' Championship in Florida from October 27-30.
Qualifiers: 64 A Plester (Nuneaton), O Johnson (Scraptoft), 66 R Wassell ( Kidderminster). 67 P Cary (St Thomas' Priory), 68 N Soto (Northampton). 69 J Powell (Hinckley), L Clarke (Beeston Fields), K Lock (Grassmoor GC), 70 C Howes (Brampton Heath), R Strange (Ramsdale Park)
Staffordshire Seniors lost 12-6 to a Cheshire side containing three current internationals at Beau Desert. The morning foursomes were played in heavy rain and Cheshire led 4-2. Despite an early spirited fightback by Staffordshire in the afternoon betterballs, Cheshire improved.