Race to the Challenge Tour

Race to the Challenge Tour

November 12th, 2012

The 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour Championship gets underway on the Marquess’ Course at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday.

Stuart Manley and Duncan Stewart have already secured their place on the 2013 Challenge Tour, leaving three cards up for grabs.

With one of the tightest Order of Merit’s since the Tour began, Tour Championship promises to provide a thrilling climax to the 2012 season on Europe’s leading development tour.

Ahead of the event we spoke to some of the players in the top 15 on the Order of Merit who are hoping to end the week alongside Manley and Stewart in the all-important top five.

Paul Reed Current OOM position: 4th
“I’m really looking forward to playing at Woburn, it is obviously a top venue. I’ve had a solid season again and it would be great to get a Challenge Tour card, especially after being close last year. After a tough start to my pro career my game has progressed and results have improved over the last two years. A Challenge Tour card would be another step in the right direction.”

Wallace Booth Current OOM position: 5th
“I’ve never played at Woburn before but I’ve heard it is a fantastic place so I am very much looking forward to playing there next week. My goal at the start of the season was to get my Challenge Tour card through the EuroPro Tour so it would be fantastic to achieve that, especially after being out for so long.
“This season has been a little inconsistent for me but there are so many positives to take from the year into the winter. I will work hard on what wasn’t quite up to standard over the winter and I’ll be ready to go come the start of next season.”

Billy Fowles Current OOM position: 9th
“My season has been inconsistent but when I have made the cut I have had decent finishes. It was nice to get my first win this year but I didn’t build on it like I had hoped, although finishing tied second in the last tournament at Hunley Hall has given me a chance of still getting my Challenge Tour card. To get that card would mean a lot as it has been my goal for the last three years and it would be a massive opportunity to press on with my career.”

Michael McGeady Current OOM position: 14th
“I haven’t played the Marquess’ Course before but it looks fantastic and I am looking forward to playing it. I have had a solid year and have played pretty consistently. Getting back onto the Challenge Tour would be great. I have been off it now for two full seasons and would love to get back there. I have prepared well and feel confident so if I go and play solidly I will have a good chance of finishing in the top five.”

Alex Belt Current OOM position: 15th
“My season so far has been a little hot and cold with some high finishes. I’ve not quite managed to squeeze over the line but I’ve had a few great opportunities over the last two seasons. To get a Challenge Tour category and hopefully emulate James Busby’s route from the EuroPro Tour to the European Tour would be a great achievement. The pressure is more upon the guys whom are in the top ten than me at 15th. My plan is to deliver the best performance I can give and see where that leaves me after the three rounds.”

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