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Grehan turns professional as he chases place on European Tour

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Grehan turns professional as he chases place on European Tour thumbnailStuart Grehan.

STUART Grehan has ended an honour laden amateur golf career by turning professional as he chases down a coveted spot on the European Tour.

The Tullamore man ended speculation about his intentions last week when announcing that he will be turning professional this week.

He will be in Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire this week as he attempts to get through stage one of the European Tour qualifying tour. It had been expected that he would go to qualifying ground as an amateur but the Tullamore Golf Club member has now taken the leap into professional ranks.

It has been an eventful route into the paid game for Grehan who was introduced to golf at fourteen years of age by his father John and has made sensational progress - his younger brother Matthew is also a very talented amateur golfer.

He went on a golf scholarship to Eastern Michigan University a few years ago but didn't settled in the USA and returned home to take up an offer in Maynooth University.

An Irish international at all levels, he had hoped to end his amateur career by competing in the Walker Cup (a bi-annual shoot out between Great Britain and Ireland, and the USA) but an unfortunate elbow injury in a fun game of "football tennis" didn't help his cause and he missed out on qualification - he had been named on a preliminary panel earlier in the year.

A win in the Irish Youths Championship first brought him to national attention and Grehan really showed his quality when winning two of Irish amateur golf's majors, the East and South of Ireland Championships in 2015.

He finished his amateur career on a high when winning the Mullingar Scratch Cup a few weeks ago and also competed in the US Amateur Championship this summer but didn't make the cut.

Getting through qualifying school will be no easy task for Grehan. Over a 1000 competitors from throughout Europe generally take it on at a series of venues in the UK and Ireland and the top 25 plus ties for 25th place earn their card for next season.

A player has to qualify through three stages and plays 252 holes of very high stakes golf. If he comes through Frilford Heath, which takes place from October 3 to 6, he will compete in the second qualifying stage at one of four venues in Spain from November 3 to 6 and the final qualifying stage is in Sain from November 11 to 16.

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