ONE TO WATCH: Jack’s ready to join Europe’s elite

Jack Senior.
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Heysham’s former amateur golf star believes he can join Europe’s elite in 2013.

Jack Senior, who won the Walker Cup with Great Britain and Ireland in 2011, is moving up to the Challenge Tour this year and believes he can graduate to the main European Tour at the first time of asking.

He said: “This year the big step up will be playing against the 20 or 30 really good players who have lost their card on the European Tour last year.

“But I’ve said my goal is to finish in the top 20 of the order of merit.

“It might take a couple of years but I I’ve set it as my goal because I think I can go and do it.”

In his first year as a professional in 2012 Senior finished as the top rookie on the third tier Alps Tour and was even able to fit seven Challenge Tour events in to his 18-tournament schedule, meaning he is more than prepared for the season ahead.

The 24-year-old said: “My aim was to move up and I got off to a great start in 2012 which took a bit of pressure off.

“And then when I finished fourth in the (Challenge Tour’s) Kazakhstan Open in September that ensured my card for this year and got me four more invites.

“It was the event that made the difference for me and meant I didn’t have to play in the last five or six Alps Tour events and could play Challenge Tour ones.”

His season begins at The Gujarat Kensville Challenge in Ahmedabad, India on January 31 before an event in Kenya in the middle of February, but Senior isn’t fazed by the prospect of travelling the globe.

“I’ve done it before,” he said.

“I spent six weeks in Australia as an amateur and you just get used to coming home, packing your stuff and going again.

“With India and Kenya I think it’s a case of taking golf to places where is isn’t recognised as a major sport at the moment.”

Senior has been backed for success this year by another Heysham golfing star, Gary Wolstenholme, who is making waves on the European Senior Tour after a glittering amateur career.

“We share a lot in common with Ryan Done as our coach,” said the 52-year-old.

“I know how good Jack could be and hopefully it’s going to be a good year for him.

“He seems to have learnt about his game and himself pretty quickly but the biggest test will be to get from the Challenge Tour to the main European Tour.

“But he hits the ball far off the tee and has all the talent.

“It’ll be interesting to follow his progress this year.”