My goal is to secure playing status on the European Tour over the coming seasons.
I recently won the Bobby Locke Trophy for being the 2017/18 'Rookie of the Year'. I also retained my playing status on the Sunshine Tour for the upcoming season, earning starts in all major ST events and the 4 European Tour co-sanctioned tournaments (SA Open, Joburg Open, Mauritius Open & Tshwane Open). I will also play in 4-6 events on the Challenge Tour.
The goal for the season is to win on the Sunshine Tour and secure playing status on the Challenge Tour for 2019.
The Challenge Tour has developed into a proven training ground for the European Tour, where players can hone their skills over 72-hole competition and under differing conditions in a substantial number of countries within Europe and beyond.
The competition is tough and only the top 15 players earn promotion to the European Tour at the end of every season. Former Challenge Tour graduates include Thomas Bjorn, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter.
Over the last 5 seasons, the scoring average of Challenge Tour graduates has been 70.17. Last season, my Sunshine Tour scoring average was 68.82.
With continued hard work, dedication and commitment, I know I have the ability to play and compete on the European Tour.
Golf is not an individual sport...I recognise the importance of having a circle of people guiding me toward success.
Confidence emerges from time honoured good work combined with a great attitude.
Having turned pro in 2009, I spent the first couple of seasons playing on mini Tours all around Europe and was happy with the rate my game was progressing. However a niggling wrist injury soon surfaced, severly hindering my ability to play at the level I desired and eventually I was forced to take an extended break from playing competitive golf.
Over the last couple of seasons, I balanced playing time on the Irish Regions circuit whilst I was studying for my PGA teaching qualification. During this time, I enjoyed the most successful season of my professional career with over 10 victories on the Regions circuit, including both the PGA Southern and Ulster Championships respectively. Competing regularly against former European Tour players like Damien McGrane, David Higgins and Simon Thornton was extremely beneficial for my game and there is no doubt that I am a significantly better player now than ever before.
In 2017, I made the decision to focus 100% on playing competitive golf again and having recently retained my Sunshine Tour card, I am excited about my game over the coming seasons.
I will play a split schedule in 2018, summer in Europe and winter in South Africa. Here are some of the key events on my schedule.