Nicolai von Dellingshausen is hoping he can bring his winning form on to the European Challenge Tour as he makes his debut at this week’s Viking Challenge.
The German has been outstanding on the Pro Golf Tour, triumphing three times and amassing six further top tens in his 15 appearances on the satellite tour this season.
With the likes of former World Number One Martin Kaymer and recent European Tour winners Jordan Smith and Matt Wallace all beginning their careers on Europe’s satellite tours, and then coming through Challenge Tour ranks, the path from golf’s third circuit to the top of the world game is well-trodden.
Having only turned professional at the end of last year, von Dellingshausen admits he did not expect to progress so quickly – but believes he has the game to challenge for more silverware this season.
“I didn’t expect to do this in my first season as a pro,” said the 24 year old, who earned promotion on to the 2017 Road to Oman with his three Pro Golf Tour victories.
“I am pretty confident right now and I have had a really good season. I started really well and continued to play well and I managed to go on and get three wins.
“I gained a lot of confidence from my first victory and that momentum helped me push on for the rest of the season.
“I put myself in contention a lot – that was my goal coming into this year. I knew that you can’t force winning, you just have to give it your best.
“That’s what I did and I managed to win three times – hopefully I can keep winning now I am on the Challenge Tour.”
Von Dellingshausen, who graduated from Dusseldorf University with a degree in Economics before joining the paid ranks at the end of 2016, will face a different test now he is competing on Europe’s top developmental tour.
Rather than competing in three round events, von Dellingshausen will be teeing it up in four day tournaments week in, week out.
A tied 26th finish at the BMW International Open in his native Germany earlier this year shows that von Dellingshausen can deliver over four rounds – but he is not underestimating the challenge he faces now he is playing on the Challenge Tour.
“It is going to be four rounds and the competition is going to be a lot higher,” he said. “The depths of the fields are going to be a long stronger than what I am used to, but that is what I wanted and I am ready for the challenge.
“I feel that my game has been good this year and that my putting in particular has been really good. If the greens are rolling as well as they are this week every week then I think I should do well.
“For the rest of the season I am just going to give my best and try and gain as much experience as I can. Hopefully I can show that I can compete against all these good players.”