On Wednesday 7th May, Tom flew to Venice, Italy to start the first leg of a 10 day stint on the road. Upon reaching Italy, he drove up into Austria to Graz, Erzherzog Golf Club to compete in the Gosser Open.
The course had its quirks with plenty of positional play off the tee with the majority of approach shots being played with extreme elevation changes having to be taken into account.
Tom played solid for the 1st Round shooting 71 (-1) playing conservative golf and plotting his way around the course. For the 2nd round, conditions had changed slightly with the wind increasing in strength. This led to to shooting a 73 (+1) and Tom finishing on Level Par for the tournament.
Unfortunately the scoring was extremely low for this event as it is a return venue each year for the Alps Tour. With the cut coming at 141 (-3) it taught Tom some valuable lessons about the professional ranks versus the recent amateur days. As the learning curve continues it has highlighted some key issues in his game which he needs to address, the most important being that he simply needs to be less conservative. Throughout the professional ranks, players tend to take on far more “risk-reward” shots giving them the best possible chance at making birdies and eagles. It’s just a different mindset, one that Tom will work hard on changing to over the coming weeks.