NEIL FENWICK, one of three Edinburgh golfers amongst the hopefuls in Spain, will use a performance that left Paul Lawrie gobsmacked as his inspiration heading into the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.
Fenwick, the former Dunfermline defender who has successfully swapped football for golf, sets out tomorrow in the next phase in his bid to secure a step up the professional ladder along with Paul Ferrier and Gareth Wright.
Both Fenwick and Ferrier are in the field at El Saler in Valencia, while Wright is at Las Colinas near Alicante as they all try to progress to the final six-round marathon starting on Sunday week in Girona.
“I finished off the season pretty strongly in Scotland with a win at the Carnegie Invitational and a solid fifth in the Tomatin Pro-Am,” said Fenwick as he prepared for his third crack at the second stage.
The Carnegie victory, which earned him a £5,600 pay-day, was set up by a seven-under 64 at Skibo Castle that earned both praise and respect from Lawrie, who was also in the field for the Tartan Tour event.
“That was one of my best-ever rounds – right up there with the second-round 66 I shot at Gleneagles to make the cut in this year’s Johnnie Walker Championship,” said Fenwick.
“Now I feel better-equipped than I’ve ever been coming into the second stage of Q-School. I’m ready to make a serious assault for either a full European Tour or Challenge Tour card.”
Like Fenwick, Baberton star Ferrier and West Linton-attached Wright have been in Spain for just over a week preparing and they used an event on the Evolve Pro Tour in Murcia as a useful warm-up.
“I got a practice membership down at Craigielaw since the first stage so have been working on my game and playing quite a bit,” said former Scottish Boys champion Ferrier. “Dunbar were also really nice in letting me go down there for a couple of games, too.
“It was a good decision to come out here early and I feel great about my game – the second stage can’t come soon enough.”
For Wright, getting to the final stage would be the perfect end to a season that has included a number of memorable moments, including playing in all four rounds of The Open at Muirfield. “It would be great to get my card – it would top off a good year,” admitted the Welshman.