Panther Lake at Orange County National. Former Walker Cup and European Tour player John McHenry won’t be playing on the lucrative Champions Tour when he turns 50 next year.

The K Club’s ex-Director of Golf entered Regional Qualifying for the US senior circuit in Florida this week but goes into Friday’s fourth round a daunting 17 strokes outside the last qualifying place for the Final Stage later this month.

The Cork native followed his opening rounds of 74 and 80 with a third round 77 at Orange County National’s Panther Lake Course. Results He is expected to enter the European Senior Tour Q-School in Portugal in January.

At 231, he’s 24 shots behind the leaders - England’s Phil Golding and Americans Bob Friend and Bill Jones - at a venue where the top 18 will progress to the Final Stage.

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