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Challenge Tour 2019

Garrick’s long winter break is almost over. The European Challenge Tour resumes next week on 25th April with the Turkish Airlines Challenge at the Samsun Golf Club. This will be the first of 22 events on the Challenge Tour schedule. Garrick will follow this event with the Challenge de Espana at Izki Golf Club on 2nd May and the Prague Golf Challenge at Prague City Golf on 9th May 2019.

Garrick’s winter has gone well with some good tournament performances in Egypt on the Mediterranean Tour. He has backed this up with two good performances on the Big Johnson Tour with a first place at Dunbar (64, -7) and second place at The Castle Course, St Andrews (68, -3). The Challenge Tour will represent a significant step up in level, but Garrick is confident he has trained and prepared well for the forthcoming season.

Garrick is also buoyed by the continuation of sponsorship from Penny Petroleum, the UK’s seventh largest independent forecourt operator, who have agreed to partner with him for the 2019 European Challenge Tour season. This is really good news and both parties are looking forward to a positive season ahead.

Promising Signs

Garrick Porteous is taking advantage of some nice weather and good golf courses in Egypt to prepare and warm up for the 2019 Challenge Tour season. He is currently playing on the Mediterranean Tour opening swing of three tournaments in Cairo.

Playing at the Dreamland Golf Club, Garrick shot 68-70-71 (-7) to finish 9th and get his overseas visit off to a steady start. He said his game was good and it was nice to be back in competition. This good form was evident in tournament two at the Katameya Dunes Golf Club (Lakes course) where he led from start to finish, but eventually lost to fellow Walker Cup player Michael Stewart on the third play off hole. Garrick shot 67-70-69 (-10) and is demonstrating that the winter work is bearing fruit.

He currently lies third on the order of merit with one tournament left in this swing. This will be played over the Palm course at Katameya Golf Club and starts on Saturday 9th February. Then it will be home for more practice and preparation ahead of the main season.

New Start for 2019

Garrick Porteous is really looking forward to 2019. After reflecting on a relatively consistent season last year Garrick is putting things in place to make 2019 more successful.

Garrick is changing club and ball manufacturers. After 10 years with his previous company he is excited to be playing the new F9 Cobra irons and woods this season. Garrick commented that the recent tests with the clubs showed very positive signs and he is looking forward to putting them in play. He is also going to be playing the new Titleist Pro V1x this season.

Whilst the Challenge Tour does not officially start until May, Garrick is off to warmer climes to make sure his game is ready. He is playing in the Mediterranean Tour opening series of events in Egypt (29/1/19 – 11/2/19). This involves three 54 hole events in 16 days and further information on his progress can be found at Mediterranean Tour

Garrick is also working hard with his new coaching team. He felt that the work done with John Harrison (Matfen Hall) on his swing and Andy Paisley (Hexham) on his putting made significant progress last year. He is hoping that the work done over the winter will bear fruit in 2019.

Like all other professional golfers Garrick is training hard on his fitness and working hard on his game. He wants to be better than before. Having finished 70thon the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings last year he is determined to work as hard as he can this year and see what can be achieved.

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.

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