June saw Tom play 4 tournaments back to back in 4 different countries and included Nick Taylor’s Captains Day “Beat the Pro” Challenge in between!
The month started with Tom travelling to Italy, Spain, France then back to the UK with his tournament performances getting increasingly more positive making the last two consecutive cuts.
The Asiago Open (June 5th – 7th) in Italy was Tom’s first of four tournaments. He posted scores of 74,72 narrowly missing the cut and finishing T58th. The course was in good condition with some amazing views! See below
A quick turn around and a flight to Madrid, Spain then saw Tom compete in the Peugeot Open (June 11th – 13th) at Club de Campo (Villa de Madrid). Once again Tom posted steady scores of 75, 73 to finish mid table at T74th. A rain delay the 1st round meant Tom had to come back at 7am to play his final 9 holes of the first round on Day 2 of the tournament. See below, not a bad view to wake up to on the 1st tee!
Tom flew back back early morning on the 14th June to help participate in Nick Taylor’s Captains Day at Castle Royle where he was involved in the “Beat the Pro” challenge on the 9th Tee. It was a fantastic day all in aid of The Macmillan Cancer Support. Tom helped raise over £400 on the 9th Tee alone and only had to give away 7 sleeves of Pro V1’s!
Next stop Metz, France! Another quick turn around meant that Tom drove down to France with two other English competitors to compete in the Open International de la Mirabelle D’or at Golf de La Grange (June 19th – 22nd).
This was the first 72 hole tournament of the year with the prize money being higher. An even greater incentive to play well. Tom played very steady golf in windy, dry conditions to shoot 72, 74 and make the cut. He pushed one well after more steady scoring with rounds of 75, 73 to finish T35th.
Finally after 2 days to find his feet back in the UK, Tom was hoping to find the same form he had a year ago (-11 through 36 holes) when he competed in The BuildBase Open (EuroPro) for the same tournament this year (June 25th – 27th). With the obvious difference now being Tom is a professional.
Tom played some very good golf tee to green and with scores of 72, 70 meant that he comfortably made the cut but was chasing the leaders. After running into some complications early on in his 3rd round Tom battled away for a 78 final round in windy conditions and finished 48th overall.
After finally having a couple of days to rest and recuperate, Tom is in action again on the 2nd – 4th July in Belgium where he will compete in the Flory Van Donck Trophy, Golf 7 Fontaines- Le Chateau.
The last two tournaments have been extremely positive with Tom making back to back cuts, learning how to compete at a professional level. The step up from amateur to professional is always a daunting task for any young golfer. Recent signs show that Tom is now finding a flow, focussing on working his way up the Order of Merit and finding that all important win. Watch this space!