Garrick Porteous achieved every golfers dream when he qualified for the 148th Open championship at Royal Portrush. Playing in final qualifying at St Annes Old Links in Lancashire, Garrick shot rounds of 67-67 (-10) to head the qualifiers on a blustery and sunny day.
Starting on the back nine in his first round he dropped a shot on his second hole but then produced a superb spell of golf with five birdies in six holes to reach the turn four under par. A one under par back nine meant he finished a five under par for round one and just two shots off the lead, held at that time by Matthew Baldwin.
Garrick’s second round started with real purpose with birdies at the first and third holes. Despite a bogey at the fifth he finished the front nine with two more birdies and an eight under total. The leaderboard was very tight going into those final nine holes, but Garrick held his nerve and managed to birdie his final two holes for a ten under par total.
It was then a matter of waiting for the final groups to complete their rounds. The wait was worth it as Garrick emerged at the top of the leaderboard and a place in the Open Championship starting on the 18th July 2019. Garrick will be joined by Jack Senior and Matthew Baldwin as the other two qualifiers from the field of 72 golfers.
Garrick was delighted with his performance. He said that ‘ the key was my ball striking in tough windy conditions together with my putting. Overall, I played really well and I’m delighted to have qualified. This will be my first major as a professional and I’m looking forward to it’.
There was no time for celebrations afterwards as Garrick drove down to Gatwick to fly out for the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge. He is hoping this Open qualification can really kick start his season.