Challenge Tour Career
I turned pro after competing at the Masters and was expecting
huge success to happen overnight. It wasn't to be mainly due to my
inconsistent technique. I spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons playing
on the Challenge, Sunshine and Asian Tours, playing where ever I
got a spot in a tournament. It was an inconsistent period of play
for me and I missed a lot of cutts. I managed to get a full
Challenge Tour season in 2004 by finishing 3rd and 4th in
tournaments at the start of the year and finished 45th on the money
list, guaranteeing a full season of Challenge Tour golf for 2005. I
still attended Q-school in the hope of obtaining a main tour card
but just missed by one shot.
The 2005 Challenge Tour season was a great one for me. I won my
first event as a professional in Austria at the BA-CA Golf Open and
finished the season in 8th place, securing a main Tour card for
2006. Inconsistency plagued me again during the 2006 season and I
returned to Q-school a little disheartened.
2007 saw me record another professional victory on the Challenge
Tour, this time in Italy at the Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e
Basilicata. It also saw me spend a week in Aruba with Gareth Maybin
as we tried to qualify for the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
We secured our spot and headed to China for the event, eventually
finishing 24th. The prize money helped to pay for the following
seasons golf on Challenge Tour.
The 2008 season was a better one for me. I recorded my third
Challenge Tour victory at the Banque Populaire Moroccan Classic, in
Morocco. I also managed to secure my European Tour card at the 2008
Q-school, aided by my former caddy Owen Craig. Owen's experience
really helping during the 6 rounds of golf at Q-school, I finished
Challenge Tour Victories
- 2005 BA-CA Golf Open, Austria
- 2007 Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata, Italy
- 2008 Banque Populaire Moroccan Classic, Morocco