Garrick Porteous, the reigning Amateur Champion, won his maiden professional title at the PGA EuroPro Tour’s FSC Invitational at The Astbury, Shropshire. Garrick carded rounds of 66, 68 and 66 to finish the tournament on ten under par.
Standing on the 18th tee Garrick was aware that a birdie was required to tie the clubhouse lead. He coolly put a nine iron over the water to 12 feet and rolled in the putt. However, he still had an anxious wait whilst the field finished and confirmed a three man play-off.
In the play-off Garrick made par at the spectacular par-three 18th and then second time around he sealed his victory with a 15 foot birdie putt. Garrick was naturally delighted with his win. He said ‘It is great to get the first pro win. I made a slow start as a pro, missing a few cuts, but coming here and winning feels great and builds up the confidence.’
Garrick was presented with the £10,000 winner’s cheque by KK Downing, founding member of British heavy metal band Judas Priest and designer of the stunning Shropshire venue. Further details can be found at EuroPro Tour and the event will be televised on Sky Sports on Tuesday 24th June 2014.
Garrick’s schedule continues at pace. Monday 16th June he attempts to qualify for the French Open and then it’s onto further European, Challenge and EuroPro tour invites. He is certainly ‘Living The Dream’ at the moment.