Daingean golfer to go to European Tour qualifying school again

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AMBITIOUS Daingean professional golfer, Brian McCormack is to renew his bid to qualify for the European Tour later this year.

McCormack will go to the European Tour qualifying school where he will go head to head against some of the world's best aspiring young golfers in a bid to win a coveted card for playing rights on the European Tour.

He developed his game from a young age at Castle Barna Golf Club and since turning professional a few years ago, he has worked hard on the European's satelite tours as well as working as a club pro in Dublin.

He held a very successful golf classic at Easter weekend at Castle Barna, where there was a large turnout as locals and visitors showed their support for him. Money raised will help him go to the European Tour qualifying school while €500 was also collected for the junior section at Castle Barna Golf Club.

McCormack is grateful to the many players and sponsors, particularly the main sponsors Edenderry Credit Union, who supported the classic as well as those who made donations. He was delighted to support the junior section at Castle Barna Golf Club and wished Mark Kelly and all juniors the best of luck in their bid to develop golf in the coming year.

Now 27 years of age, McCormack has decided to give it until his 30th birthday in a bid to make it as a professional. Currently working as a club professional in Royal Dublin Golf Club, where he carries out shop and teaching duties, he is trying to manage his work load to give himself the best possible chance of reaching his potential and having as many hours as possible each week to devote to practice and competition. Between work and study, he had been doing a 90 hour week but is aware that he needs to concentrate more on his own golf.

He recently qualified as a PGA professional at Birmingham in England and this has freed up some time while he will compete in over 20 events on the Irish PGA circuit this year – he also hopes to compete in the Irish event on the Euro Pro tour.

He had a number of second and top five places on the Irish PGA circuit last year and wants to enter the winners' enclosure there this year.

He has also secured the services of Des Smyth's former caddy, Ray Latchford for the PGA circuit this year and he hopes this will give him an added advantage.

In addition to the main European Tour, he will also seek cards on the subsidiary tours, the Challenge and Euro Pro, this year and remains confident that he can make the big breakthrough. However, if it doesn't happen by his 30th birthday, he said he will examine other options – as a qualified PGA professional, he can pursue a career as a club pro while he has also worked as a musician in various bands and hopes to start a family at some stage.

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