The career path of 2008 champion David Horsey of England should serve as an inspiration for the field in this week’s Telenet Trophy, which returns to Royal Waterloo Golf Club near Brussels, Belgium, after a one year absence.
Since securing his breakthrough Challenge Tour victory at Limburg Golf and Country Club 12 months ago, the Number One graduate has come close to capturing his maiden European Tour title in the Maybank Malaysian Open, where he finished one shot behind eventual winner Anthony Kang.
The €103,450 he earned that day for his runner-up berth, added to the €24,750 he collected for finishing tied 43rd in last week’s BMW PGA Championship, have helped Horsey to 43rd place in The Race to Dubai and virtually guaranteed him his card for The 2010 European Tour International Schedule.
Add to that Horsey’s qualification for the US Open Championship at the 36-hole International Sectional Qualifier at Walton Heath Golf Club at the beginning of the week, and you have a young man going very much in the right direction after a glittering season on the Challenge Tour last year.
Those hoping to follow Horsey’s example and become the fourth winner of the Telenet Trophy include the 2008 SWALEC Wales Challenge champion Michael McGeady of Ireland, who arrives in Belgium in good heart having recently achieved his highest European Tour finish in the BMW Italian Open.
McGeady was joined in a tie for 17th place by Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, who subsequently cruised to his third Challenge Tour title after a sensational performance in last week’s Piemonte Open, again played on home soil.
His winner’s cheque for €24,000 moved Molinari to second place in the Rankings behind leader Gary Boyd of England, who finished runner-up in Turin.