Over the next few weeks europeantour.com will profile the 20 players who have graduated onto the Challenge Tour via the four satellite tours – the EuroPro Tour, the Alps Tour, the Nordic League and the EPD Tour. We start with the top five from the EuroPro Tour...
Name: Scott Jamieson
EuroPro Tour 2009 Order of Merit position: 1
The Scotsman was crowned the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit champion in 2009 after victories in the PartyPoker.com European Championship at Prince’s Golf Club and the ABC Solutions UK Championship at Wychwood Park. He also came joint third at the Stoke By Nayland between those victories, contributing to a total of £23,492 earned on the EuroPro Tour last season. Showed he can make the step up to the Challenge Tour with fine performances at the Scottish Hydro Challenge, where he finished tied sixth, and at the DHL Wroclaw Open, where a stunning 62 in the second round helped him to a tie for 17th place. Other top 20 finishes came at the Kazakhstan Open (tied 13th) and the Italian Federation Cup (tied 11th). “It’s obviously a step up in class from what I’ve been playing in terms of the quality of players and the strength in depth, but it’s still me against the golf course,” he said of his experiences on the Challenge Tour. “On the EuroPro Tour, if you’re in contention and shoot a couple under par on the final day, there’s a fair chance you’ll win the tournament. Out here, it’s obviously a very different story – there are a lot more players capable of winning. But I took a lot of confidence from my performance in the Scottish Challenge.”
Name: Tom Haylock
EuroPro Tour 2009 Order of Merit position: 2
The Englishman enjoyed a very successful 2009, clinching second place on the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit after two victories and making his Majors debut in The 138th Open Championship at Turnberry. Won the Stoke By Nayland and the Formby Hall Classic, earning £10,000 from each, and also finished tied tenth at the Tour Championship at Slaley Hall. Played in two Challenge Tour events in 2009, the ALLIANZ Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne and the SWALEC Wales Challenge, finishing tied 33rd and tied 36th respectively. Has had a steady education on the EuroPro Tour over the last three seasons following a successful amateur and junior career, during which he won the 2005 Carris Trophy as an 18 year old and represented England in the Boys Home Internationals and Great Britain & Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Name: Daniel Brooks
EuroPro Tour 2009 Order of Merit position: 3
Stormed to an 11 shot victory at the Samanah Masters 2009 Satellite Tours Grand Finale to cap a great season in which he finished third on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, earning a Challenge Tour card for 2010. That win, which guarantees him a place in the field at the Hassan II Trophy on The European Tour International Schedule in March, was in addition to his triumph at the Sureshot GPS International Open 2009 in June. Turned pro in 2007 and counts winning his first cheque as the highlight of his professional career so far. As an amateur he was a member of the England Under-21 squad and set six course records. Also enjoys playing football, and his ambition is to win a European Tour event.
Name: Steve Surry
EuroPro Tour 2009 Order of Merit position: 4
Made a superb start to the 2009 season by winning the Michael Ward UK Open and finished inside the top 12 in all five other EuroPro Tour events thereafter, including runner-up at the Tour Championship at Slaley Hall, en route to fourth place in the Order of Merit. Showed he has what it takes to compete on the Challenge Tour by finishing tied seventh at the SWALEC Wales Challenge in 2009 after leading at the halfway stage. Secured joint 41st place in his only other Challenge Tour event of the season, The Princess in Sweden.
Name: Simon Lilly
EuroPro Tour 2009 Order of Merit position: 5
Won the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit in 2004 but struggled to make an impact on the Challenge Tour the following season, recording just one top ten finish. Gets another chance in 2010 after a seven shot victory at the Tour Championship at Slaley Hall – helped by a stunning 65 in the final round – lifted him into fifth spot on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit. “I’m really looking forward to a fresh start as I haven’t played on the Challenge Tour for a few years,” he said. “My first event will be the Kenya Open in March and I can’t wait to get going.” Turned professional soon after leaving school at 16.