Young’s fi­nal push for Euro­pean spot

Danny con­fi­dent ahead of Lu­mine show­down

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Danny Young has shown a strong re­silience and nev­er­say-die at­ti­tude to edge closer to se­cur­ing a Euro­pean Tour card.

The Perth pro­fes­sional golfer this week ad­vanced to the fi­nal stage of qual­i­fy­ing for the first time af­ter a solid per­for­mance at Desert Springs Golf Club in Alme­ria.

Rounds of 72, 68, 68 and 71 teed-up a place in the show­down event where the top 25 scores will earn a ticket to the main tour along­side some of the world’s best.

Lu­mine Golf Club in Tar­rag­ona is the venue for Young’s date with destiny, but nerves won’t be an is­sue when the first ball is struck on Satur­day.

Young said: “I’m not re­ally one to get overly ner­vous. This week I felt quite good about ev­ery­thing and was in­side the num­ber go­ing into the last day.

“The scor­ing at my venue was ridicu­lously good. Ev­ery day it wasn’t easy but boys were shoot­ing six and seven un­der like no­body’s busi­ness.

“You had to hang tight and stick in. I shot four un­der on the sec­ond last day and only moved up three spots.

“In the fi­nal round I felt like I still had to go out and post a num­ber. I played ag­gres­sively and I think that helped me big time.

“You don’t re­ally know where you stand be­cause there is no leader­board to let you know where you’re at through­out the day.

“You find out when you fin­ish and go from there. I had a rough num­ber in my head and goal of what I wanted to get to be­fore I teed-up on the last day.

“I came up one short of that but it was good enough to get the job done. And at this stage that is all that mat­ters.

“This will be my first time at fi­nal stage. That was my fourth time I’d been at sec­ond stage so I fi­nally man­aged to crack it.

“I missed by one last year so I’ve had to show per­se­ver­ance to go back and prove that you can do it. That is pleas­ing.

“When I’m tee­ing it up I’m not re­ally think­ing about what I did last year. But it is nice to know that I’ve been able to come through it.”

The for­mer Perth Acad­emy stu­dent has en­joyed a no­madic few years on the road, play­ing on both the Alps Tour and more re­cently the EuroPro Tour.

He is un­der no il­lu­sions about how tough his fi­nal quest will be, with the Craigie Hill mem­ber Danny Young tees-up at the Lu­mine Golf Club de­ter­mined to se­cure a pres­ti­gious Euro­pean Tour card for next sea­son

po­ten­tial for six days of golf against more than 100 tal­ented play­ers.

Even at sec­ond stage of qual­i­fy­ing Young was in the com­pany of well­known names of the game, one be­ing Si­mon Khan who won the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship in 2010.

He added: “It’s go­ing to be tough. There are so many good play­ers nowa­days and even at sec­ond stage I had Si­mon Khan at my venue.

“He has won the big­gest tour­na­ment on the Euro­pean Tour be­fore. So it shows you where guys can sud­denly be if they don’t back a good year up.

“Six rounds is a lot of golf but for me it’s just go­ing to be one round at a time. If you can put your­self in a good po­si­tion each day, you then see what hap­pens.

“I would imag­ine you’ll need to post a six or seven un­der to get your­self in the mix. There will need to be a low one in there at some point, that is for sure.

“There isn’t any rea­son why I can’t go and have a good week and get one of the cards on of­fer. Ev­ery­body is there

to get one of the 25 cards. It’ll be over two cour­ses, six days of golf.

“I’ve played one of the cour­ses and had sec­ond stage there two years ago, so I know it fairly well.

“Ev­ery­body who has played golf from a young age wants to play at the high­est stage. For us the Euro­pean Tour is the high­est stage on this con­ti­nent.

“It’s ob­vi­ously the goal and would mean a hell of a lot to make it there.

“Go­ing home with a Euro­pean Tour card would be a nice early Christ­mas

present.” Perth will be be­hind Young as he goes for glory this week­end - and that sup­port helps spur him on.

He con­cluded: “I have two or three lo­cal guys that help me out.

“Play­ing pro­fes­sional golf, you can’t do it with­out your spon­sors so it’s a mas­sive thank you to them.

“The sup­port at home is al­ways good and ev­ery­one backs the lo­cal guy, whether it is me or some­one in a dif­fer­ent sport.

“There’s al­ways peo­ple look­ing out for you and that is great to see.

“I’ve got my turn to try and shine.”

One fi­nal push

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