Barham gun­ning for Tour card

Golf

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Benn Barham sets out next week on his at­tempt to re­gain his Euro­pean Tour card.

The 39-year-old from Ten­ter­den – di­rec­tor of golf de­vel­op­ment at Pent­land Golf and coach at Ped­ham Golf Club near Swan­ley – tees off at Harde­lot in France on Tues­day, aim­ing for a top-20 fin­ish and progress to the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing stage in early Novem­ber in Spain.

The fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing stage is played over six rounds in Catalunya, be­gin­ning on Novem­ber 14

Barham last played on the full tour in 2010, be­fore hav­ing a kid­ney re­moved af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a can­cer­ous tu­mour.

He re­turned to the sport, the fol­low­ing year, play­ing on the Chal­lenge Tour.

Barham said: “I had a blood test last week and the latest six monthly scans and ev­ery­thing is fine.”

He added: “Johnathan Cal­lis­ter, the MD at Pent­land al­lows me a bit of free­dom to man­age my own di­ary and my spon­sors and sup­port­ers are help­ing me so it was a no-brainer.”

En­try for the first stage next week is £1,350, with the whole in­vest­ment set to be in the re­gion of £6,000 to £7,000.

Barham won the PGA South Re­gion ti­tle at Kings Hill a cou­ple of weeks ago and is on course to re­tain his Vir­gin At­lantic Or­der of Merit ti­tle, with one event re­main­ing.

He added: “I have been play­ing good this year and have upped my prac­tice in the last six weeks.” I have to go there on my A game.”

Jason Barnes recorded his best-ever fin­ish on the Euro­pean Tour last week, with 14th spot in the Ital­ian Open in Mi­lan.

The Ash­ford-born 31-year-old based at Chart Hills carded a four-round­to­tal 273, win­ning ¤21,650, fin­ish­ing only five shots be­hind maiden win­ner Rikard Karl­berg.

The week’s good work boosted his sea­son’s earn­ings to al­most nearly ¤37,000.

From left, Matthew Ben­nett, Ryan Petto, Ray Locke, Brian Chip­per­field, Keith Clover, Ryan Knight, Rob Sims, Richard Sims and Keith Sims

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