John Gallagher hopes to get a lift from Alps Tour

John Gallagher (Getty Images)
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CAPITAL star John Gallagher is hoping a change of scenery on the Alps Tour can help kick-start his professional career.

The former Scottish Amateur champion has been treading water on the PGA EuroPro Tour in recent seasons. So, after falling at the first hurdle in his bid for a 2014 European Tour card, he has decided to try something different.

Gallagher sets out at La Cala in Spain tomorrow in the first stage of the Alps Tour Qualifying School along with Neil Henderson from North Berwick. It’s a two-round test that is followed by a 54-hole final almost straight afterwards at the same venue near Malaga.

“Having spoken to a couple of the guys who have played on the Alps Tour, I’d heard great things about it,” said Duddingston-based Gallagher. “I’ve played on the EuroPro for four years and last season wasn’t great, so I feel a change of tour would be a good thing.

I have been working hard at Kingsfield with David Burns and we have made some small changes, so I’m hoping to do well this week.” The Alps Tour stages events in France, Austria, Spain, Italy and Egypt.

Gallagher said: “I don’t think it will cost any more than the EuroPro events. As well as having some sponsorship in place, I had a successful golf day at Duddingston earlier this year.”