Fancy becoming a golf star?

Fancy becoming a golf star?

January 6th, 2011


Do you fancy becoming the next big name in golf and follow in the footsteps of some of the game’s biggest stars?

Entries are now open for Q School where the top performers will earn their spots playing on the 2011 EuroPro Tour.

The EuroPro Tour is the leading golf developmental tour in Europe and a host of former players have gone on to lift some of the biggest titles in the world.

Louis Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open after playing on the EuroPro Tour in 2003, while Ross Fisher was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team only five years after playing on the EuroPro Tour.

A number of players, including Lloyd Saltman and Daniel Gaunt, will also be playing on this year’s European Tour after playing on the EuroPro Tour in 2010.

Gaunt’s story should act as an inspiration to any hopeful golfer. He lost his European Tour card in 2004 but practised hard and was determined to get back. He won the first EuroPro Tour event of 2010 – at Wensum Valley in Norfolk – and then struck a rich vein of form that saw him also finish twice on two occasions and third three times.

His performances on the EuroPro Tour saw him get a sponsors’ invite in to the English Challenge on the second-tier Challenge Tour and victory on that ensured he would spend the rest of the season playing on the Challenge Tour.

He then finished in the top 30 in nine out of ten Challenge Tour events to secure a return alongside the European golfing elite.

The 2011 EuroPro Tour season promises to be better than ever with a host of top venues already agreed to host tournaments in 2011.

Venues confirmed for 2011 include Wensum Valley (Norfolk), Burhill (Surrey), Galgorm Castle (Ballymena, Northern Ireland), Fota Island (Cork, Republic of Ireland), Longhirst (Northumberland), Players Club (Bristol), Formby Hall (Merseyside), Lingfield (Surrey), Mottram Hall (Cheshire) and Hunley Hall (North Yorkshire).

In another boost to the Tour, Network Veka and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) have agreed to sponsor the events at Mottram Hall and Players Club respectively.

Danny Nickless, Operations Manager for the EuroPro Tour, said: “The 2010 season was a great year on the PGA EuroPro Tour with the likes of Dan Gaunt, Lloyd Saltman, Elliot Saltman, Steve Lewton, Steve Tiley, Jaco Van Zyl, Sean Norris and Liam Bond all gaining their main European Tour playing rights.

“I hope they follow in the footsteps of ex PGA EuroPro Tour players to become winners. Players such as Richard Finch, Graeme Storm, Ross Fisher have won and in the last year we also had ex players James Morrison, John Parry and Louis Oosthuizen winning.

“They have all been members of the tour at one point over the last seven years and this is your opportunity to give yourself the chance to follow in their footsteps.

“This is an amazing opportunity for anybody who thinks they want to find out if they have what it takes and this is the best place to do that. I look forward to seeing you in 2011 and I welcome you to this fantastic tour.”

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