‘This is the start, not the end’

Longridge golfer Mark Young was missed out on a place on the European Tour for next year
Longridge golfer Mark Young was missed out on a place on the European Tour for next year
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Longridge Golf Club member Mark Young’s quest to join the European Tour in 2015 has ended in disappointment.

Mark did not progress beyond the second qualifying stage held in Spain.

Playing the Panoramica Golf and Sport Resort course at Castellon, Mark scored rounds of 72, 71, 70 and 71.

“However, his four-under-par total of 284 barely tells the story of both his epic efforts and the great conundrum that frequently golf presents us with,” said Longridge Golf Club spokesman Roger Stamp. “With magnificent ball striking and approach play, Mark’s tee-to-green golf was superb only to be let down by his putting.

“Unfortunately, as every golfer knows, putting is a game within a game, and if it’s not happening for you, it’s both frustrating and costly.

“Ultimately, it cost Mark his opportunity to move forward to the final qualifying stage and now, as a professional, he will re-assess his programme for next season. It’s been a great achievement to come within touching distance of the European Tour.”

Mark’s coach and Longridge Golf Club’s PGA professional Stephen Taylor commented: “This is the start not the end,” and Mr Stamp added: “Club members echo that sentiment as Mark embarks on his future challenges.”