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Positives from South Africa

Garrick Porteous brushed off some of the ‘rust’ from a winter in the UK with a really positive showing in the Dimensions Data Pro-Am at the gorgeous Fancourt Golf Estate in South Africa. Rounds of 72-66-71-70 (-10) saw Garrick finish in 23rd position and he was delighted to make the cut and play four competitive rounds. He knows that it is early in the season, but the week at Fancourt was a positive one and enabled him to get some good practice and tournament golf under his belt.

Garrick had intended in staying on in South Africa this week for the SDC Open at the Zebula Golf Estate and Spa. However, some good news came his way early on Monday 13th February that he was into the Thailand Classic in Bangkok on the DP World Tour. His travel plans mean he will arrive into Bangkok on Tuesday and be ready to start on 16th February at the Amata Spring Country Club. The venue in Thailand has hosted a number of prestigious events and even features a floating green on the 17th hole. He will then travel to India for the Hero Indian Open in New Dehli on the DP World Tour which starts on the 23rd February 2023.

An unexpected bonus for Garrick to get into the latest two DP World Tour events. He is hoping he can build on his form from South Africa in Thailand and India.


South Africa Bound

Garrick Porteous opened his account on the DP World Tour last week in Ras Al-Khaimah but unfortunately missed the cut by two shots. Garrick played some really nice golf in round one and at one stage he was four under par after 14 holes before finally settling for a 71 (-1). His second round didn’t see him kick on but he did finish with three birdies on the spin for a 73 (+1). Whilst disappointed to miss the cut in his first event he did appreciate that there were some positive signs. However, there is also a lot of work to be done in the weeks ahead.

Garrick now turns his attention to the Challenge Tour in South Africa for the next two weeks. He had hoped to be going to Singapore and Thailand on the DP World Tour but due to the reduced size of field he misses out. However, there is an opportunity to work on his game and get some game time on the highly competitive Challenge Tour.

Firstly, Garrick will visit the Fancourt Golf estate for the Dimensions Data Pro-Am starting on the 9th February. He has played in this event before finishing 6th in 2016 and 13th last year. Then it will be on to the SDC Open and the Zebula Golf Estate and Spa starting on the 16th February.

Garrick will then be home for a short spell before hopefully heading back out to Kenya to play in the Magical Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club on the 9th March on the DP World tour. Once again Garrick enjoyed this event last year playing really well to finish 13th. He is hoping these positive finishes from last year can inspire a fast start to 2023 on courses he knows and likes.

Season Opener

Garrick Porteous starts his DP World season at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship in the United Arab Emirates on 2nd February 2023. This will be Garrick’s fourth season in a row on the DP World Tour and he is relishing the challenge. It seems a long time since Q School in November 2022 when he secured his card for this year. However, with all the preparation over it is now time for some competitive golf in warmer climes away from the UK.

Garrick is really grateful to all his sponsors for making it possible for him play on the DP World Tour. Once again, they include Penny Petroleum, The Bazaar Group, Matfen Hall and Titleist. Garrick is also indebted to his two main coaches, John Harrison and Andy Paisley for getting his game in shape.

Garrick knows there is a long season ahead and many players have already had two Rolex events in the Middle East. He is ready for the challenge and looking forward to testing his game with the best on the Tour.

DP World Tour Card secured

Garrick Porteous saved his best golf right when it mattered to secure his DP World Tour card for the 2023 season. Garrick built some great momentum heading to Infinitum Golf in Spain for the six round marathon that is the final stage of Q School. All he could do was trust his game and draw on his experience of playing at the same venue in 2019.

Garrick opened with a level par 71 on the Lakes course in round one to lie in 56th position. He then played some superb golf in rounds two and three on the Hills course to shoot 66 (-6) and 70 (-2) to be lying in 17th position with one round left before the cut. Garrick then shot 67 (-4) on the Lakes course to make the cut and be tied for 21st. The cut fell at -4 and with two rounds to go over the Lakes course Garrick was inside the top 25.

Moving day in round five proved to be just that. The scoring was incredible. Garrick shot 69 (-2) and fell to 28th position just outside the mark to get a card. It was all going to be down to the final round and who could hold their nerve. Garrick made a marvellous start to the final round with three birdies in the first three holes. He then birdied the 8th hole and was well inside the top 25 at -18 overall. However, a bogey on the 12th hole followed by six pars to close his round meant an agonising wait to see whether he would retain his tied 23rd spot.

In the end he made it and he can now call himself a DP World Tour player for 2023. Q School is something he doesn't want to repeat in a hurry. He is now looking forward to some rest and then planning his 2023 schedule.

Q School Beckons

Garrick Porteous played in the final Race to Dubai counting event, The Portugal Masters at Vilamoura (27-30th October) and despite finishing 18th, shooting a very creditable 70-68-68-64 (-14) he failed to achieve his Tour card for 2023. He placed 175 in the rankings which meant he would have to regain his card though the Q School process. However, he did show some very positive signs in Portugal that his game was trending in the right direction.

Garrick entered Q School at stage 2 the following week (3/11/22) at Emporda Golf in Girona, Spain. A steady start of 72-69-69 (-3) saw him sitting in 25th place just outside automatic qualification with one round to play. He showed no signs of nerves and shot a bogey free 65 (-6) to move into 10th spot and progress to the final stage of Q School.

Garrick now moves onto Tarragona, Spain to play the Hills and Lakes courses at Infinitum Golf Club. The six round marathon commences on Friday 11th November and the top 25 golfers will take home a DP World Tour card for 2023. He has been here before and he is hoping experience and his good form will see him through.

Second Successful Charity Golf Day

Garrick’s 2022 season on the DP World Tour has seen him yet again support The Sick Children’s Trust. Friday 7th October saw him host a charity golf day at Matfen Hall Golf Club to support The Sick Children’s Trust, Newcastle. The weather was mixed, with very heavy rain for the early starters followed by glorious sunshine for the afternoon. Overall, the conditions and the format for the day proved very challenging for the 120 golfers who turned up to play. It was an enormously successful day with an incredible £14,600 raised for the charity. This will house a sick child’s family for over one year.

Garrick is indebted to Matfen Hall Golf Club for supporting him, allowing him to stage the charity event and donating to The Sick Children’s Trust. He is grateful to all the participants for their immense generosity in both donating prizes and supporting The Sick Children’s Trust. Finally, he wishes to thank all those volunteers who gave their time to ensure the event was a huge success.

Garrick’s DP World Tour season is drawing to a close with very few qualifying events remaining for the Race to Dubai. He currently sits 181 in the rankings and it looks like he will be returning to Q School in November. Overall, he is very upbeat and even more so following his second very successful charity golf day.



UK Swing

Garrick Porteous produced some of his best golf to date this season on the DP World Tour as he completed a three-week tour of the United Kingdom. First up was the Cazoo Classic played over the fantastic links of Hillside golf club in Southport. Garrick opened his tournament with a scintillating 65 (-7) to sit second on the leader board after round one. His putter wasn’t quite as hot on days two and three as he shot 72-73 to fall back into the chasing pack. However, he responded well in the final round to shoot 70 (-2) for an eight under total and tied for 16th place.

Next up was the Hero Open at the Fairmont St Andrews resort. Garrick has played well over this course in the past and he was hoping to build on Hillside with another good week in Scotland. Garrick played very solidly to shoot 68-70-69-70 (-11) and finish 30th. Another cut made and four rounds under par was very satisfying as he made his way to Wales for the Cazoo Open at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Garrick’s previous venture to the ‘2010’ course at Celtic Manor resulted in a missed cut, but he started really positively this time with a 69 (-2) to sit inside the top ten. A 74 (+3) followed on day two to make his third cut in a row on this very difficult course. He rounded off his weekend with 74-70 to finish in 35th position and maintain his Race to Dubai ranking of 170th.

Garrick is now taking a week off before travelling to Prague for the D+D Real Czech Masters which starts on the 18th August. He is hoping he can build on the positive momentum gained during the UK swing as he moves into the business end of the season.

PGA Tour Debut

Garrick Porteous makes his PGA Tour debut this week at the Barbasol Championship at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Kentucky which starts on 7th July. Following the strategic alliance developed in 2021 by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour this is the first co-sanctioned event in America. Garrick is delighted to be in the field and looking forward to his first professional event on the PGA Tour.

Garrick showed some very positive signs in his last event on the DP World Tour, the BMW International in Munich. In a very strong field, he shot 70-68-69-73 (-8) to finish 48th making the cut and putting together some very consistent rounds. His form didn’t quite transfer to Final Open qualifying at Fairmont St Andrews, but after a few days rest he is ready to go again in Kentucky.

The summer then really gets going for Garrick with three events back in the UK. Firstly, he is playing in the Cazoo Classic at Hillside on 21 July. This is followed by one of Garrick’s favourite events the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews starting on 28th July. Finally, he heads to Wales for the Cazoo open at the Celtic Manor Resort on the 4th August.

New Partnership

Garrick Porteous is delighted to announce a new partnership with Matfen Hall, Country Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate. Garrick will now be attached to Matfen Hall as he ply’s his trade on the European tour. This is an exciting time for both parties and Garrick is excited to become their touring professional.

Rich in heritage, atmosphere and space, the Matfen Hall estate provides a 5-star unequalled paradise to stay, spa and golf in, nestled away in the heart of historic Northumberland. They have great plans for further developments to the hotel, spa and golf course and Garrick is really pleased to be part of their plans. It also adds to the link Garrick currently has with Matfen Hall, because John Harrison is Garrick’s coach and their resident teaching professional.

Despite missing the cut at the Porsche European Open last week in Germany, Garrick is keen to get this new partnership started as he heads to Girona, Spain for the Emporda Challenge which starts on 9th June. A busy month continues with the BMW International in Germany on 23rd June followed by final Open qualifying on 28th June.

Porsche European Open

Garrick Porteous returns to action this week in the Porsche European Open being played at the Green Eagle golf course in Hamburg, Germany. Garrick really enjoyed his home debut three weeks ago at the British Masters at the Belfry, Birmingham. He played nicely on day one shooting level par (72) but he could not quite sustain the momentum and shot 75 on day two to narrowly miss the cut.

However, the signs of form were there the following week as he played in the Soudal Open in Belgium. Garrick opened with 70 and 70 (-2) to make the cut. Round three wasn’t the moving day he was looking for as he shot 75 (+4), but a final round 68 (-3) meant he left the tournament with some very positive vibes.

Garrick is hoping to take that positivity he built up in the last two tournaments into the Porsche European Open which starts on Thursday 2nd June. There is a long way to go in the season and plenty of time to move up the Race to Dubai rankings.

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