Barnes leads British Open qualifiers in Australia

Barnes leads British Open qualifiers in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kurt Barnes shot a second-round 64 at Kingston Heath on Friday to win the 36-hole British Open Australasian qualifying tournament.

Barnes, who had a two-round total of 10-under 134, will be joined at St. Andrews from July 15-18 by fellow Australians Ewan Porter and Peter Senior from the 44-man qualifying field.

Porter, who led after 18 holes Thursday, finished two strokes back after a 68. Senior shot 70 to finish five strokes off the lead.

Steve Jones (69) and Aaron Townsend (72) of Australia were the best of those not to qualify, finishing two shots out of a playoff for the final qualifying spot.

Porter has twice before qualified through the Australasian tournament, both times at his home club at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney in 2007 and ’08. Senior will be playing the British Open for the 18th time – he last competed in 2000 at St. Andrews.

Other qualifying tournaments are scheduled for Jan. 20-21 in South Africa, an Asian qualifying tournament at a date to be announced, May 24 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and the European qualifier June 7 at Sunningdale Golf Club in Surrey, England.

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