European Tour School qualification is one of the most arduous selection processes in any sport. In 2014, 924 players started across three stages, which ranks fourth in the list of most entrants. At the end of 14 gruelling rounds of golf only 27 players secured their European Tour card!
Garrick’s journey began back in September at The Roxburghe golf club in Kelso. He played solid golf to finish 6th with scores of 71-68-69-71 (-9). He was on his way to stage two.
Stage two commenced on 7th November and saw Garrick playing at Lumine Golf and Beach Resort, Tarragona, Spain. He opened with a 67 (-4) to be tied for third after round one. An uncharacteristic 77 (+6) in round two meant he dropped out of contention and the pressure was really on for the final two rounds. Garrick’s ‘never give in’ attitude saw him rally to shoot 64-67 (-11) in rounds three and four to finish tied 14th and earn his place at final stage.
Stage three is held at PGA Catalunya near Girona and is played over the demanding stadium course and the shorter tour course. Garrick only had two days recovery after his stage two exploits before he began preparing for stage three.
It is a marathon event. After four rounds (two on each course) there is a cut and the top 70 and ties play a further two rounds on the iconic stadium course. Garrick’s hopes of making the cut and realising his dream looked very slim as he opened with and 80 (+8) on the stadium course. However, his ability to bounce back is unquestionable, as he produced three great rounds of 64-69-69 (-10) to make the cut comfortably. The final rounds did not match the previous three, but one of Garrick’s goals was achieved by playing all six rounds. He secured category 9 status for the European Challenge Tour for 2015 and can look forward to a very competitive schedule.
Garrick’s first eight months as a professional have been rewarding and fulfilling. The last three weeks have exemplified that at stage two and three Q School. He has developed as a golfer and is getting better all the time. He was one of only 17 golfers (out of 924) who played all 14 rounds at Q School. He is looking forward to 2015 and the Dream Lives On!