Rowany golfer competing in Spain
Local pro golfer Tom Gandy is aiming to finish his season on a high by earning himself a spot at the Challenge Tour Grand Final.
It's being held in Majorca later this month.
Gandy set off for southern Spain and the city of Cadiz for last week’s Andalucia Challenge de Espana, looking to continue the run of form that has seen him hold his own at a number of full European Tour events over the summer and autumn.
Playing in some challenging conditions, and on a difficult golf course, rounds of 75-72-74-69 saw Tom finish the week on a total of 2 Over Par, leaving him in a tie for 45th place.
Having taken full advantage of the chance to play a number of European Tour events during the year, Tom now finds himself at a slight disadvantage to many of his peers on the Challenge Tour as the end of season event approaches.
It was a conscious choice to play full European Tour events where possible after an early announcement that opportunities to graduate from the Challenge Tour in 2020 would be limited. Playing at this higher level was great experience, playing alongside some household names and getting comfortable competing for bigger purses. However, this has restricted his opportunities to earn ranking points towards the Grand Final; the end of season shootout for the Top 45 ranked players on the Tour.
As a consequence, his participation in that event is dependent on a big finish this week at the Andalucia Challenge De Cadiz, being held at the same course as last week’s event.