Former PGA EuroPro Tour member James Busby has earned his European Tour card after just one year on the Challenge Tour.
Busby graduated from the PGA EuroPro Tour last year after victory at Tour Championship saw him finish the season second on the Order of Merit.
He was 45th on the Challenge Tour rankings heading into the Grand Final but a second-place finish propelled him to 16th in the final rankings. Busby holed a six-foot putt for par on the 18th to earn his 2013 European Tour card.
â€œThat putt at the last just summed up how I was feeling for the entire back nine â€“ absolutely petrified,â€ he said afterwards. â€œI was very nervous standing over that and I couldnâ€™t really feel anything. I was just very happy and very relieved to see it roll in.
â€œI said to my girlfriend, whoâ€™s caddying for me, at the start of the week that weâ€™re just here to enjoy it and try to make a few quid. Iâ€™ve done that and come out with a European Tour card to boot. Itâ€™s the stuff of dreams really.
â€œUp until today I was thinking about preparing for the Qualifying School, so I canâ€™t really put into words how delighted I am right now.â€
Of the 20 Challenge Tour players to earn 2013 European Tour cards, eight have previously played on the PGA EuroPro Tour. They are: Seve Benson (2008 player), James Busby (2007-2011 member), Chris Doak (2004 member), Scott Henry (2010 member), Gary Lockerbie (2002 & 2003 player), Eddie Pepperall (2012 member), Simon Wakefield (1998-2002 player), Justin Walters (2003 member).