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Early Experiences as a Professional

Garrick Porteous played his last event as an amateur at The Masters 2014 and signed off with a birdie. He turned professional the following day and headed to The Malaysian Open and then the Indonesian Masters. The first few months on tour have been a learning curve, adjusting to the travel, jet lag, the heat and humidity and playing with seasoned professionals.

Garrick is loving it and enjoying the challenge. Some early missed cuts have served notice that making the transition from elite amateur to touring professional take time. They have also made him realise that all aspects of his game have to be working really well and in particular his short game.

However, the belief and the confidence are growing. At Walton Heath on 26th May for US Open qualifying Garrick shot 70-71 to finish 17th and miss the play-off by one shot. This result perhaps created some momentum which helped Garrick then achieve his first cut as a professional at the Lyoness Open in Austria. He shot 74-69-72-73 to finish tied 32nd and gain his first pay cheque as a professional.

2014 was always going to be about making the most of his invitations and gaining experience as a professional. Exciting times and hard work lie ahead for Garrick, but he is in buoyant mood following his recent results and relishing the challenge of life on tour.

Professional Debut

Garrick Porteous turned professional immediately following The Masters. He took the long flight from Atlanta to Kuala Lumpar with his caddie Michael Burrow to play in the Malaysian Open which starts on 17th April 2014. Garrick is excited for the new challenges that lie ahead.

ISM (International Sports Management) have also secured him an invite into the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta on 24th April and The Championship in Singapore on 1st May. It will be a busy few weeks in the Far East for Garrick but a great opportunity to get his professional golf career underway.

Masters Memories

Garrick Porteous signed off his amateur career by playing in The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. His Master's experience was wonderful and memorable.

He prepared the week before at The Golf Club of Georgia where he played The Georgia Cup Match (US Amateur - Matt Fitzpatrick versus British Amateur Champion) and won 3&2. The greens were very fast and enabled Garrick to attune ahead of The Masters.

One of Garrick's highlights at The Masters was the day before the tournament started where he played in the traditional par 3 competition. To play with Mark O'Meara (former Masters Champion) was a great privilege and experience in front of forty thousand patrons. The atmosphere was electric and he played well with 5 birdies in 7 holes, eventually signing for a 1 under par total to finish tied 14th.

The tournament itself lived up to all expectations and to play alongside Jose Maria Olazabal (Twice Masters Champion) and Lucas Glover (US Open Champion) was awesome. He loved every moment even though things didn't always go as he wanted. He learnt that on this golf course you have to put the ball in the exact spot and putt extremely well. He was disappointed not to make the cut but elated he bowed out his amateur career at The Masters and with a birdie on the 18th hole.

A New Era Dawns

Garrick Porteous is getting close to bringing down the curtain on his glittering amateur career. There are only a few weeks left before he plays in The Masters at Augusta National on the 10th April 2014. This will be his final event as an amateur and what a fitting finale it will be as he heads into the professional ranks.

Prior to The Masters Garrick will be in Morocco (18-25th March) for an England training camp to fine tune his game. He will then head to the Golf Club of Georgia, Atlanta to compete in the Georgia Cup which is an annual match between the British Amateur Champion and the US Amateur Champion. For the first time since its inception in 1998 there will be a match between two Englishman. Garrick will play Matthew Fitzpatrick for the coveted title on 2nd April 2014.

There will be no time to reflect on The Masters as Garrick’s first professional event will be the Malaysian Open on the European Tour starting on 24th April 2014. He hopes to secure further invites in the Far East in the subsequent weeks to follow this event.

BBC North East Sports Awards - Performance of the Year

Garrick Porteous collected another award in recognition of his superb 2013 season. At the BBC North East Sports Awards held at the Billingham Forum on 5th February 2014 he received the Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding win at The British Amateur Championship. Interviewed by Alistair Brownlee from Radio Tees at the awards ceremony Garrick commented that he was delighted to receive the award and be recognised for his 2013 achievement.

One of his rewards for winning the Amateur Championship is to play in the first major of the year. The Masters is held at the famous Augusta golf course in Georgia from 10-13th April 2014. In preparing for Augusta he has been selected in England’s four man team to defend the European Nations Championship at Real Club de Golf, Sotogrande, 5-8th March 2014. This will be followed by warm weather training in Morocco with the England elite squad to sharpen his game ahead of The Masters.

Top 15 Finish on European Tour & Named in Global All-Amateur Team

Garrick Porteous brought the curtain down on his 2013 season by competing in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. This was his first start on the European Tour and he not only made the cut but went onto finish tied 14th. The British Amateur and Scottish Amateur Champion totalled 283 (-5) after shooting rounds of 71-69-74-69. Competing as the only amateur in the 156 field, his two rounds of 69 (-3) impressed many at the Leopard Creek Country Club. This will give Garrick great confidence and showed that he will not be out of his depth when he turns professional next year.

Finally, to cap what has been a stellar year for Garrick he was named this week in the 2013 Global All-Amateur Team by the Global Golf Post. This is the first-ever Global All-Amateur Team and it recognises on-course amateur golf excellence around the world. Ten amateur golfers were chosen and Garrick is one of the team as a result of his fantastic achievements this year which included winning the British Amateur Championship, the Scottish stroke play Championship and representing GB&I in the 44th Walker Cup.

Garrick has made great strides in 2013 and is relishing the prospect of playing in the 78th Masters Tournament in April 2014 before he enters the professional ranks.

European Tour Debut

Garrick Porteous gets his first chance to test himself against the ‘big boys’ of the European Tour when he tees it up in the Alfred Dunhill Championship which is held at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. The event starts on the 28th November 2013 and Garrick will be the only amateur in the field. It will be his first taste of the big time and will allow him to escape the cold winter and gain valuable experience of professional tournament golf.

Garrick’s management company, International Sport Management (www.sportism.net) are working hard to ensure he gets further invites into professional events ahead of the Masters in April 2014. This will enable him to assess and develop his game ahead of his likely move in to the professional ranks following the Masters.

He plans to combine these professional invites with further international amateur events through the winter along with a trip to Augusta in February to familiarise himself with the course. These are exciting times and there is a lot to look forward to in 2014.

Walker Cup Selection

Garrick Porteous has been rewarded for his excellent season with selection for the Walker Cup. The biennial match will be played at the National Golf Links of America, Southampton, New York on the 7th and 8th September 2013. This will be the 44th match between the amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) and their American counterparts and it is unique as it is returning to the site of the very first match in 1922.

This is a fantastic achievement for Garrick and an historic moment as very few amateur golfers get the chance to play in the Walker Cup Match. His form this season has been superb. He won the British Amateur at Royal Cinque Ports and the Scottish Strokeplay Championship at Southerness. He finished runner up in the Welsh Strokeplay at Royal Porthcawl and helped England to win both the European Nations Cup in Spain and the European Teams Championship in Denmark.

After the team was announced Garrick commented that 'the Walker Cup was my main goal for this season. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of a very strong GB&I team and I am relishing the challenge of playing against America in New York'.

Garrick is joined by six fellow Englishmen (Matt Fitzpatrick, Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Neil Raymond, Callum Shinkwin and Jordan Smith) who have all had a stellar season. The final three players comprise one Welshman, Rhys Pugh and two Irishmen, Kevin Phelan and Gavin Moynihan.

American Adventure

Garrick Porteous, after competing in the Open Championship at Muirfield is leaving the links golf behind and heading to America to compete in two major amateur events. Firstly, he is playing in the 111th Western Amateur Championship which is to be held at The Alotian Club, located in Roland, Arkansas, outside Little Rock 29th July to 4th August. Then he will be heading to Brookline Massachusetts for the US Amateur 12-19th August, the scene of the 33rd Ryder Cup known famously as the 'Battle of Brookline' .

Whilst in America he will be based at The Old Palm golf club in Florida. As a member of the International Sports Management golf group he can now take advantage of their practice base in America. Hopefully, this will give him the perfect environment to practice and sharpen his golf game ahead of these two prestigious events.

The Open 2013, Muirfield

Garrick Porteous fulfilled his amateur dream by competing alongside the world's best professionals in the Open Championship at Muirfield. Whilst he didn't make the cut, he did have many positive experiences to take away from the event. Firstly, he played with two major champions, Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard, in practice which was fantastic and enlightening. Furthermore, the draw for the first two rounds saw him play with Martin Kaymer and Jason Day, whom he said 'were really great guys'.

Despite being nervous on the first tee in round one he launched a superb drive down the fairway which was loudly appreciated by the knowledgeable galleries. He also had terrific support from many Bamburgh Castle golf club members and North East golfers who came to Muirfield to cheer him on.

Garrick looked comfortable and at home on the biggest golf stage in the world and he appeared a seasoned professional and not an amateur. All these positive experiences augur well for 2014 when he plans to join the professional golf ranks.

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