This year Gray’s Golfing Society is pledging its support to another new venture – we are supporting a young golf pro looking to gain his PGA EuroPro Tour card.
Chris Croucher is 26-years-old and turned pro in 2011. During that time, he has managed to gain over ten wins as a professional, with a fourth place at last years National Assistants tournament shooting a -5 under back nine. He also just missed out on a place to qualify for last year’s British Open.
Chris is a club professional and like most of the club professionals out there has had to balance making a living whilst trying to break into the big time, a problem that must hinder a lot of talented golfers out there to breaking through, we are trying to make this journey for Chris a little bit easier.
This week saw Chris playing in atrocious conditions in the first round of Q School for the tour. Despite the wind and rain, Chris managed to shoot level par in the tournament shortened to just 18 holes because of the weather.
That was good enough to gain qualification for the final stage of Q School at Frilford Heath Golf Club, played between 3-5 April.
“I played well considering the conditions – nothing too special just nice and boring! Looking forward to getting to Frilford next week. It is a place I have have done well in at previous events,” said Chris following the tournament.
By qualifying, Chris will be guaranteed a place on the tour. He is competing to earn the highest possible category on the 2018 PGA EuroPro Tour. All those progressing to Final Stage will earn at least a category 14, with golfers making the Final Stage cut earning a minimum category 10 and the top 30 earning category three.
It is our hope that with our help we can get Chris to make that final step into the world as a tour professional.