Watch here for Iain Davie's progress for the PGA EuroPro Tour in 2018
Unfortunately Iain didn’t reach the final of the 2017 PGA EuroPro Tour but he is hoping to come back in 2018.
Congratulations to Iain who has qualified for the PGA EuroPro Tour via the qualifying stages, which means he will have the opportunity to play in a number of the scheduled tournaments during the year.
Iain’s goals for the year are to hopefully finish within the top 60 of the Order of Merit which would guarantee him a full EuroPro Tour Card for the following season and would also secure him a place in the End of Season Tour Championship at Desert Spring Golf Course in Almeria, south-east Spain, which has a double prize fund (£20,000 for 1st prize etc.).
There will be TV exposure of the EuroPro Tour on Sky Sports in 98 countries. The top 5 golfers at the end of the season will be awarded a category on the 2018 Challenge Tour. The Challenge Tour’s main purpose is to help develop young golf stars and is a stepping stone to the full European Tour.
A successful season for Iain would result in him winning his full card and, in the following season, he is aiming to finish in the top 5 earning himself a Challenge Tour Card.
Iain is now eager to play in 10 of the 16 tournament events this year in order to win his full card, the first event will probably be early June. Each competition he enters has a prize fund of between £10,000 (for 1st Prize) and £300 (for 50th Prize). This will be out of a field of 156 players per event. If he plays well, then the prize money he earns will help fund future events. He is also hoping to win enough money to fund the Qualifying School for the European Tour at the end of the season.
Each event is a 3 day tournament (click here for full schedule) plus a practice day. The entry cost alone for each tournament is £295 plus travel, accommodation and meal costs will all need to be met. It is estimated that he may require approximately £600 per tournament depending on the tournament venue.
To help Iain on his journey it would be extremely beneficial if he was able to secure some sponsorship to help him meet the costs of the initial tournaments and maximise his opportunity to progress.
Iain is somewhat reluctant to ask the membership for sponsorship himself, so we are sending out this communication to the membership to request that if any member/business is interested in sponsoring Iain in any way (large or small) to help him meet his initial costs would they please in the contact Iain Davie (in the first instance) or Mick Jones .
It would be great to see a Hazel Grove Golf Club attached assistant professional achieve success on the EuroPro Tour and beyond.
The HGGC Council
PGA EuroPro Tour Update from Iain Davie
Firstly, can I take the opportunity to thank all of you who have pledged to sponsor me and help to meet the costs of entering the PGA EuroPro events in 2017. I am truly grateful and cannot believe the generosity of all in helping me to meet my objectives and ambition.
To keep all informed I thought I’d provide a brief update on my progress through May and June.
After qualifying at Formby Hall for the final EuroPro qualifying event at Frilford Hall, at the beginning of April, I had a poor first round and left myself too much to do in the second round when I played much better. Unfortunately and disappointingly I missed the cut for the final round, never the less I was still successful in achieving a ranking category for the future EuroPro Tour events this year, not as good a category as I’d hoped but one which still means I should be able to play a number of the 16 events this year.
I have had to be patient waiting for that opportunity, as the first 5 events through May and June have all been over-subscribed, however my patience has been rewarded as I am delighted to inform everyone that I have managed to get into my first EuroPro tour event “The Dawson & Sanderson Classic” event at Longhirst Hall GC in Northumberland on the Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th July. A 54 hole stroke play event over 3 days, 156 players playing 36 holes over the first two days with the leading 50 players plus ties playing the final 18 holes on the Friday. I have planned to go up to Northumberland on Monday 3rd July to prepare and will play two practice rounds, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. A good finish will undoubtedly improve my ranking category and increase my chances for getting into subsequent events.
In the interim period I have been practicing intensely and have:-
• worked hard on my putting and made a few changes to my stroke, it’s getting better but is still an area I need to improve to convert more of the birdie opportunities
• have kept a close eye on my swing/ball striking, which feels in good shape
• bunkers are also an area I am looking to improve, as I don’t “get up and down” often enough
• and on the fitness front I have been to a golf specific trainer and have been working on improving the stability and mobility in my hips and legs through the swing
• I am also considering approaching a sports phycologist, as I feel my scores are not reflecting how well I am actually playing – so may be worth a little “mind coaching”?
I have also entered a number of local Pro-Am events with mixed success so far:
• I tied 4th at Childwell GC with a +2 round winning £75. I played great but had two double bogies.
• I finished a respectable 6th at Hawarden GC also with a +2 round.
• At Hart Common GC I had a bad day at the office finishing +7
• And In the Leeds Cup at Leeds Golf Club I missed the cut
• On June 26th I played in The Open regional qualifying event at Fairhaven. I played pretty well, 2 over par on a tough course, finishing a creditable 24th in a field of 90. I hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation however unfortunately my only two bad strokes of the day cost me 3 shots plus I didn’t have any luck holing any of the many birdie putt opportunities I made; taking 34 putts in the round! I had ambitions to finish high enough to qualify for the final qualifier at Hillside next week but with only 6 players going through on the day it was a tough challenge. Nevertheless I was pleased with the way I played and the quality of my ball striking and am feeling confident with my game going forward to my first EuroPro Tour event next week – just need to hole some putts!
• Finally on Friday 30th June I will be playing in the Charity Pro-Am event at Hazel Grove GC and am looking forward to a good finish at my home club.
Really looking forward to the coming weeks. I will keep you posted.
Thanks again to everyone for their support
PGA Assistant Professional HGGC