JAMEGA Tour leader Lee James strengthened his position at the top of the money list with a second successive runners-up cheque at Barnham Broom yesterday.

The Salterns Marina-backed star won £1250 for a share of second place, on four-under-par, with fellow Englishman David James – four shots behind back-to-back winner Michael Lowe.

James, who has won three Jamega Tour events this year, carded a level-par 70 and a 66 which included two eagles.

“I got off to a slow start in both rounds, but managed to salvage my score each time,” said James, who also finished second at Studley Wood last week.

James was three over par after five holes in his first round before picking up birdies at the seventh, ninth and 13th holes.

And the 2002 Challenge Tour winner kick-started his second round with an eagle two at the eighth.

“I holed out from 92 yards with a sand iron and followed that up with another eagle at the par five ninth,” explained James, who had dropped shots at the second and sixth.

Further birdies followed at the 10th and 17th for James who has now won £21,540 on the tour – more than £10,000 ahead of two-time winner Lowe.