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Q School Beckons

Garrick Porteous completed his final event on the Challenge Tour at the Irish Challenge, when it was played over the wonderful layout at Concra Woods. Garrick played really well on a difficult course to shoot 68-72-76-70 (-2) to finish 14th overall. However, it wasn’t sufficient for him to move up the rankings on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and enter the two lucrative events in China.

Garrick finished 70th on the rankings for the Challenge Tour season which means he will retain his card with category 10 status for next year. He has played consistently, making 13 cuts in 17 tournaments, but more top ten finishes were needed to boost his ranking.

Garrick’s season is not finished as the final stages of the European Tour Q School beckon. He starts at Stage 2 on the 2nd November where he will be playing at El Encin in Madrid. If successful, he will move to Stage 3 on the 10th November at Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain. It’s still all to play for and Garrick is hoping that the rest and preparation ahead of Stage 2 and 3 can bring the required result.

The Final Push

Garrick enters the final stages of the European Challenge Tour season with the need for a strong finish. He currently lies 71st on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah, with potentially only four events left to make the top 45 and the Grand Final on 31st October 2018.

After four missed cuts in Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and France, Garrick has shown some much needed form. He played well in the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton to finish 53rd and backed this performance the following week with a 14th position finish in the Kazakhstan Open. Garrick shot 70-68-67-68 (15 under) and demonstrated some good form as he heads to France this week for the Hopps Open de Provence.

There are still two lucrative tournaments to come in China but Garrick needs top 60 status on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah to ensure he is in the starting field for these events. So his focus is all about France this week with an aim of moving further up the rankings.

Main Tour Start

Garrick Porteous turns his attention to the main European Tour this week as he starts in the Porsche European Open (26/7/18). This is his first start on the main tour since February after focusing mainly on the Challenge Tour. The event is being played at the Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany and features a host of star names. He is excited to be playing and hoping it can give him that motivation to take his game up a level for the remainder of the season.

Garrick’s season has been one of consistency on the Challenge Tour. He has made nine out of 11 cuts and currently sits at 68thon the Road to Ras Al Khaimah. He also played nicely in Final Open Qualifying at The Renaissance Club, Lothians but fell two places short of that elusive Open spot.

After Hamburg, Garrick has two Challenge Tour events in Sweden and Finland to improve his rankings and qualify for the lucrative Rolex Trophy in Geneva. Following that there are a potential eight events remaining for him to gain enough points to find a top 15 spot on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and automatic promotion to the European Tour. He is confident and his game is good. He just needs to find that winning formula that brought him victory in Prague last year.

Porteous Showing Good Form

Garrick Porteous continued his good form with an 11th placed finish at the Swiss Challenge at Golf Sempachersee, Lucerne. Garrick shot rounds or 70-67-65-71 to finish at 11 under par, having made his fifth cut in a row on the European Challenge Tour. He now moves up to 45th on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

Garrick has shown some consistent form over the last few weeks with a 22nd place finish in the Open de Portugal. Prior to that he finished ninth in the Turkish Airlines Challenge. He now moves onto Belgium to compete in the KPMG Trophy starting on the 7th June. This is followed by a trip to France for the Hauts de France Golf Open and then Aviemore for the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge.

The work he is doing with new coaches John Harrison (Matfen Hall) and Andy Paisley (Hexham – for putting) are beginning to bear fruit. However, Garrick realises that the season is just starting and a lot more work is required to achieve top 15 status on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

Garrick Porteous signs a deal with COBRA PUMA Golf

COBRA PUMA Golf a leader in golf equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories are pleased to announce the signing of Garrick Porteous with immediate effect.

Reaching the very pinnacle of the amateur game by winning the 2013 Amateur Championship, Garrick enjoyed an unprecedented impact within the game. Having already tasted the experience of competing at both The Masters and The Open, the young Englishman has established himself as one of Europe’s most promising talents.

2017 saw Garrick prove himself as a tournament winner in the professional game and across Europe. Setting out on the Challenge Tour again this year, Garrick looks set to enjoy further success as he seeks to claim his full European Tour playing rights and pit his talents against the world’s best week-in, week-out. Garrick joins PUMA Golf on a head to toe deal, wearing the PUMA SS18 gear including the new PUMA PWRADAPT shoes.

Garrick Porteous on signing with PUMA Golf -

“I am really excited to enjoy the rest of my Challenge Tour 2018 season clothed by PUMA. I am a big fan of modern and clean styles. I’ll be looking forward to getting on the golf course in PUMA snap backs, which is my favourite style of cap. I don’t ever want to have to forgo style for comfort in my footwear, so I’m really happy that PUMA have this incredible collection of golf shoes that look great, fit well and perform perfectly. The PWRADAPT shoes offer me the stability I need to play my best, and the style is a perfect fit for me- they’re like slippers! The footwear range, in both PWRADAPT, and PWRSPORT come in cool styles and colour combinations!”

Top 10 in Turkey

Challenge Tour matters headed to Turkey this week for the Turkish Airlines Open. Having kick-started his Road to Ras Al Khaimah journey a fortnight earlier in China, Garrick Porteous enjoyed another strong showing in Turkey this time around.

Opening the week with a five-under-par first round, the Penny Petroleum-sponsored golfer looked set to enjoy a positive week.

With the weather conditions forcing the Englishman to play out his second round over two days, Garrick was faced with a nerve-jangling sixty foot birdie putt to force his way into the cut on the morning of day three. Managing to hole out in style, Garrick progressed into the third round buoyed by the dramatic ending to his second round.

Climbing the leaderboard thanks to a four-under-par round on moving day, the 28-year-old headed into the final day’s play in T22 with his eyes set on forcing his way into the top-ten.

Signing off for the week in the best possible fashion, Garrick delivered a bogey-free four-under-par final round as he proved to be one of Sunday’s biggest movers as he departed Turkey with a T9 finish and having claimed yet more valuable Road to Ras Al Khaimah points.

Challenge Tour Resumes

Garrick Porteous starts his 2018 Challenge Tour season when he plays in the 50th edition of the Barclays Kenya Open on the 22nd March. The event is being held at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi and will feature a significant prize fund to celebrate the half-century of tournaments. Garrick is looking forward to the start of the Challenge Tour season and is planning a few days in Dubai to further his preparations ahead of the event. Training and practice have gone well, but there is nothing like tournament play to sharpen your game.

The Challenge Tour is now worldwide and Garrick’s next event after Kenya will be in China. He will play at the Belt and Road Colorful Yunnan Open at the Kunming Yulongwan Golf Club on 12th April 2018. This is a new and lucrative event for 2018 and will be the third golf tournament in China on the schedule. His travels then bring him back to Europe for the Turkish Airlines Open at the Gloria Golf Club in Belek on 26th April 2018. He then heads to Portugal and Spain in May, which means he will have clocked up quite a few air miles after five tournaments this year.

Garrick is looking forward to the new Challenge Tour season. He can hopefully draw on his win and experiences of 2017 to ‘hit the ground running’ in 2018 and get off to a good start.

Penny Petroleum partner with Garrick Porteous ahead of 2018 season

MB Partners are delighted to announce that Penny Petroleum, the UK’s seventh largest independent forecourt operator, have agreed to partner with professional golfer Garrick Porteous for the 2018 European Challenge Tour season.

The Northumberland company, who possess 48 sites across the north of England and Scotland and employ over 400 people, have enjoyed excellent growth in the past three years and are proud to partner with one of the county’s most promising sporting talents. Having claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title in 2017 at the Prague Golf Challenge, Garrick Porteous is looking to go one better this year and secure his full European Tour playing rights for 2019.

A proud Geordie, the 28-year-old is delighted to have the support of a renowned local company as he embarks upon a big year out on tour.

“It is fantastic news that Penny Petroleum will be supporting me this year. If I have anywhere near the amount of success on the course as they have had in business in recent years, then I will have a very good season. Everyone knows that I am a proud home boy so to be partnered with one of Northumberland’s most recognisable companies as I travel to my events all across the world is a real boost for me.”

The family-owned and run business that was started by David Penny in 1994 has grown immeasurably in the years since and the company now works with all the major fuel brands including Shell, BP, Esso, Jet, Texaco, Gulf and many others. David is excited at supporting a local talent who he believes aligns well with his company’s ethos.

“At Penny Petroleum, we are always searching for ways in which we can continually improve and having met with Garrick on several occasions, he adopts the same approach in his golfing career. We are hopeful that the next few years will continue to be strong ones for us as a company and we hope that our local talented golfer has a similarly successful period in store as well.

 

Porteous Starts Down Under

Following his visits to Australia and South Africa in December 2017, Garrick continues his 2018 season with another visit down under to Perth, Australia. He will tee it up in the ISPS Handa World Super 6, which takes place at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club starting on Thursday 8th February. This is the ninth event on the European Tour schedule for 2018, with a combination of stroke play and match play, it is sure to provide much excitement.

Garrick is familiar with the course and the format having played in the event last year. He is hoping for some positive signs early in the season by getting off to a good start. His main focus for 2018 will be the Challenge Tour which resumes in March with the Barclays Kenya Open.

Garrick signs with MB Partners

1st February 2018

 

MB Partners (www.http://www.markblundellpartners.com) are delighted to announce that the hugely talented Garrick Porteous has become the latest addition to their golfing stable. The 28-year old joins the roster fresh off the back of a successful 2017 season which saw the Englishman claim his maiden Challenge Tour title, the Prague Golf Challenge, on his way to a 37th placed finish on the Road To Oman.

Boasting an impressive record of achievements; Garrick has previously competed in both The Masters and The Open Championship following his victory in the 2013 Amateur Championship and was a member of the 2013 GB & Ireland Walker Cup team, where he teamed up with fellow MB Partners’ client, Jordan Smith.

Last season marked a memorable one for the Newcastle-based golfer as he recorded four top-twenty finishes while competing on both the European and Challenge Tour. The highlight of Garrick’s year came in July when he claimed the Prague Golf Challenge title, his maiden professional win, finishing five shots clear of the rest of the field. This year sees Garrick looking to go one better and secure a successful passage to full European Tour status.

The Englishman is excited about building on last season’s success and feels that signing with MB Partners ensures that a promising few years lie ahead.

“I am really glad to be working alongside the MB Partners team. The success of their clients over the last few years has been really impressive and I am sure that there is a lot that we can achieve by working together. Next year is an important one for me and the effect of surrounding yourself with the right team cannot be underestimated.”

MB Partners’ Head of Golf, Duncan Maxim, is glad to welcome a player that he has long admired to the company’s stable.

“Garrick’s achievements speak for themselves and there’s no doubting that this signing means we are welcoming another major talent to our golfing stable. It was great to see Garrick pick up his maiden professional win in Prague last July and I’m looking forward to seeing many more moments like that in the years ahead.”

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