It was not all doom and gloom for Eaglescliffe professional Graeme Bell after he was unable to recapture the form which saw him open up a three shot lead at the halfway stage of the PGA European Seniors Tour qualifying school.

Bell could only manage a closing two over par 73 for a level par total of 284 over the Vale da Silva course Pestana Resort, Portugal, on Thursday.

It was a spirited performance yet disappointing result for the popular Teesside pro which left him outside the magical top six who were all awarded full playing rights for the coming season.

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However, Bell’s final placing of tied 14th earned him a conditional card which enables him to compete in a limited number of events this season.

Rockliffe Hall’s Roger Roper was also left to rue a number of missed opportunities over the course of the four day challenge. His eight over par left him in 44th spot and he will have to rely on a limited number of sponsor invites to take his place alongside Europe’s over 50s elite.