With the 2019 season quickly approaching, we’re profiling some of the best players from Europe’s four satellite tours. Here, we take a look at 2018 EuroPro Tour Number One Dave Coupland.
Coupland is one of five Englishmen to earn playing privileges on the European Challenge Tour via the EuroPro Tour, with the Lincolnshire man topping the Order of Merit last season.
The Englishman had nine top ten finishes in 2018, including a victory either side of his only missed cut of the year at The Pentahotels Championship.
His first win was at The Ablrate.com Championship, defeating countrymen Joe Dean and Richard Mansell by one shot before again defeating Mansell, this time by two, at the IFX and Winged Boots Championship as he moved to the top of the Order of Merit.
The 32 year old signed off with a runner-up finish at the season-ending Tour Championship, three shots behind fellow graduate Nick McCarthy.
Coupland is no stranger to the Challenge Tour having played on Europe’s second tier in 2014 and 2015, securing three top tens in his first full season and two in his second.
After turning professional in 2012, his best finish on Europe’s top developmental tour was a tied second place at the 2014 Turkish Airlines Challenge, two shots behind Welshman and winner Oliver Farr.
He’s already proved he has what it takes to contend on the Challenge Tour, so Coupland will head into the 2019 season with confidence after a stand-out year on the third tier.
2018 EuroPro Tour graduates: Dave Coupland (England), Nick McCarthy (England), Billy Spooner (England), Joe Dean (England), Mark Young (England).