Flory Van Donck Trophy – Report

On July 2nd – 4th saw Tom compete in the Flory Van Donck Trophy at the 7 Fontaines Golf Club near Brussels, Belgium.

Tom has felt as though his game has been coming, patiently waiting and trusting his in his ability. With 3 consecutive cuts made, there have been positive signs for the future.

The course had similar characteristics to Woburn, having been sculpted out of a forest with picturesque holes and tricky greens. The weather remained dry but windy with competitors having to navigate their ball through swirling conditions.

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Tom got off to a good start in the 1st round and after some extremely steady play he posted a first round score of 70 (-1) and was in T13th position. With a morning tee time for round 2 and smoother greens as it was earlier in the day, Tom went on to post a 2nd round score of 69 (-2) moving him further up the leaderboard into T5th position at -3 for the tournament. Feeling good and well rested, Tom started his final round 2 shots off the lead. This was slashed after Tom birdied 3 of the first 5 holes finding himself in T1st. He held the lead for the majority of the final round but after dropping a couple of shots coming in, Tom finished with a 70 (-1) and -4 for the tournament. He finished in outright 4th but due to fact an amateur won the event, he received outright 3rd prize money.

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This caused a massive leap up 40 spots in the Order of Merit and firmly in the top 50 on The Alps Tour. In order to be eligible for the Tour Championship, Tom must be in the top 50 by the end, a goal which only needs one more solid result to cement.

This week was a great confidence boost for Tom and his professional career, coming off the back of some form he is looking forward to competing in Italy and Spain in the coming weeks before a 1 month break in the schedule through August.

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