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Satellite stars: EuroPro Tour
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Satellite stars: EuroPro Tour

Among those most eagerly awaiting the start of the new Challenge Tour season are the up-and-coming stars from Europe’s four satellite tours, who will be hoping to continue their rise through the ranks in 2020.

Mikael Lundberg

First up, we take a closer look at five new Challenge Tour members who earned their cards via the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit.

Mikael Lundberg

A former European Tour regular and multiple winner, Lundberg returns to Challenge Tour action following a year’s absence after topping the 2019 EuroPro Tour Order of Merit.

The Swede is a familiar face on the circuit, having captured his first Challenge Tour victory back in 1997, and will be able to utilise over two decades of experience as he looks to continue his climb back to the European Tour this season.

A proven winner, the 46-year-old has three European Tour titles to his name, most recently at the 2014 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity, alongside two Challenge Tour titles.

Lundberg continued to demonstrate that winning mentality on the EuroPro Tour in 2019 with two victories, including at the season ending PGA EuroPro Tour Championship, in Spain. 

Marco Penge

Penge is one of four Englishmen to earn Challenge Tour playing privileges via the EuroPro Tour after finishing third on the satellite tour’s Order of Merit.

The 21-year-old will make his Challenge Tour debut in 2020 and, although he is taking his fledgling steps in the paid ranks, has vast experience in the amateur game - having won the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship and topped England Golf’s Order of Merit as the leading junior golfer.

Penge enjoyed a highly successful EuroPro Tour season in 2019, capturing his first professional win at the PREM Group Irish Masters.

Alfie Plant

Alfie-Plant

Penge’s fellow former England international Alfie Plant also recorded his maiden victory in 2019, securing his first professional title at The Golfcatcher Championship.

The 27-year-old is unlikely to be overawed by taking the step up to the Challenge Tour, having already proved he can contend on the circuit with a top ten finish at the 2018 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

The Englishman enjoyed a glittering amateur career before turning professional in 2017, capturing the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at the 2017 Open Championship.  

After a strong EuroPro season, which also included two runner-up finishes the 2017 European Amateur Champion is now ready to make the next step onto the Challenge Tour and is sure to be one to watch as the 2020 season unfolds. 

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

The Englishman sampled life on the biggest stage after qualifying for The 146th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, carding consecutive rounds of 67 over the weekend to finish tied for 32nd.

He continued that form into the 2019 EuroPro Tour season, earning a breakthrough win at the Motocaddy Masters.

Wilson has already proved he has what it takes to contend on the Challenge Tour, finishing tied 23rd in his maiden start at the Bridgestone Challenge in 2018 and will head into the season with plenty of confidence following a stand-out season on the EuroPro Tour.

Bradley Moore

Bradley Moore

The last man to secure his full Challenge Tour card via the EuroPro Tour, Moore is also set for his maiden Challenge Tour season.

Akin to his three compatriots, Moore entered the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019, securing his first professional title at The HotelPlanner.com Championship.

Moore followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy by winning the Irish Boys Amateur Open during an acclaimed amateur career in which he also lifted the English Boys Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke-Play Championship.

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