The inaugural Norwegian Challenge 2004 offers the best of the rest of European golf’s next generation the opportunity to boost their standings on the European Challenge Tour Rankings at the Vestfold GK, Tønsberg, Norway.
While the top 36 Ranked players do battle for the 22nd Rolex Trophy, the remainder of the Challenge Tour Members have the chance to climb the Rankings as the season’s race to the ultimate prize of a place in the top 15 – and a place on The European Tour International Schedule 2005 – intensifies.
Englishman David Ryles is one such player, and travels to Norway with a growing confidence as a result of his encouraging performance at last weekend’s BMW Russian Open where rounds of 70-70-73-71 gave him four under par total of 284 and ensured him 29th place finish.
Ryles has had, by his own admission, a “disappointing” year so far in 2004, but welcomes the chance offered to him by the Challenge Tour and the Norwegian Golf Federation to improve his standing for the season.
“I think the fact that we are able to play in Norway during the week of the Rolex Trophy is a great idea,” confirmed Ryles. “Players outside of the top 36 on the Rankings are usually left to sit at home and wonder what might have been.
“When you are in that situation you start to think that the players above you are only going to get further away from you on the Rankings, so the fact that the rest of the guys have the chance to play in Norway means that you can concentrate of your own game.
“No-one has an excuse that they didn’t have the chance to play, and that can only be a good thing for the guys on the Challenge Tour.
“Personally I am really looking forward to it because I started to get my game back in order in Russia last week and I am looking to continue where I left off from. I have had a disappointing season far, but I started to score a lot better in Russia on a tough golf course and I can take a lot of encouragement from that.”