Highlights of 2015
This year has been my best season to date as a Professional and my personal life. I achieved my highest ever ranking of 785th in the world. I got married to my beautiful wife, and I’ve had the best finish in a tournament on the European Challenge Tour.
As you all know, this was my second season on the Challenge Tour. I have once again been all over the world from the start of the year in Kenya, to the last event of the year in Kazakhstan. It’s been another challenging season that is for sure, with a lot of travelling including Tuesday morning flights from Heathrow at 2.30am. This year I’ve only had to do this a few times, as Manchester has been more accommodating with flights. Thanks to NAPIT and United Rentals, I’ve been driving in comfort and reliability in my new branded car, which has massively helped me and their support is much appreciated.
It’s been a great experience on tour for my second season, revisiting many amazing places from last year. The more familiar surroundings allowed me to prepare mentally for the challenge of being called into tournaments at the last minute, as I largely knew what to expect before I got into the events. It was great to go to some new events and see new places. In total, I’ve been to 13 different countries in the space of 10 months, loving every minute of it and increasing my air miles.
Kenya is a personal favourite of mine after last year’s success. This year I received a last minute invite and the £1,500 flight was well worth the expense. There’s something about Africa that appeals to me; the Karen course, the caddie, the wildlife and the roads. I had a fantastic tournament, finishing 3rd on 16 under par. This was my best finish yet on the European Challenge Tour. Only being one shot off the playoff to have the chance to win was gutting, but what a way to start the season off.
I’ve kept my category on the Challenge Tour at and finished 43 places higher than last season which led to 77th on the order of merit. This will allow me to plan my season better in 2016. I can’t wait to get going again, as the experience I’ve had over the last two seasons will stand me in good stead for the New Year. I’m aiming to start playing competitive golf again in February, allowing a few months working hard with my coaches to make improvements to my game.
Since I got back from the tour I’ve been working hard with my coach, Steve Astle. We’ve reviewed the season and are making the changes needed to improve throughout the winter, so that we can get off to an even better season next year and potential realise my dream of playing on the main European Tour. As a team we have a plan in place to make this happen and improve in the necessary areas.
The gym is crucial at this time of year, so Paul Farquharson my fitness coach and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) have constructed a programme to improve my strength and fitness. At the minute, I’m training twice a day, six days a week. It’s hard but this is what I have to do in a short window of time to make gains.
Once again, I would like to thank my sponsors for their support throughout the year. Without you guys I wouldn’t be able to do this. I hope you all can still support me in 2016 to continue my journey to the main European Tour.
Enjoy the Christmas period and I hope you all have a prosperous New Year.