Garrick Porteous is looking forward to his professional career after an invaluable Masters experience.
Although the Morpeth man missed the cut at the tournament in Augusta, USA, there were many positives to take from the week.
The British Amateur champion was given the opportunity to get some useful preparation for the Major a week earlier at The Golf Club of Georgia when he played The Georgia Cup Match against US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick and won 3&2.
The day before the main competition was the par three event. He played well with five birdies in seven holes, eventually signing for a one-under-par total to finish tied 14th.
Garrick had his sister, Angharad, carrying his bag.
His opening Masters round of 76 included two birdies – at the par-three hole four and the par-five hole 15. At the famous Amen Corner, he bogeyed the par-four 11th, but held his nerve to par holes 12 and 13.
It came after a shaky start for the Bamburgh Castle Golf Club member, which saw him bogey the first three holes. The biggest blip was a double-bogey at the par-three sixth.
Unfortunately, he shot 80 in the second round to finish at 12 over par. The 24-year-old is now in Asia to play his first tournaments as a professional golfer.
Garrick’s dad, John Porteous, said: “The tournament itself lived up to all expectations and to play alongside Jose Maria Olazabal (twice Masters champion) and Lucas Glover (US Open champion) was awesome.
“He loved every moment, even though things didn’t always go as he wanted. He learned that on this golf course you have to put the ball in the exact spot and putt extremely well.
“He was disappointed not to make the cut, but elated to bow out of his amateur career at the Masters and with a birdie on the 18th hole.
“Garrick’s caddie for the tournament was Michael Burrow, who also went to King Edward VI School, so the local link was maintained. Michael is accompanying Garrick to the Far East in what they hope will be a fruitful partnership.”
The invites to the tournaments over the next few weeks – Malaysian Open, Indonesian Masters and The Championship in Singapore – have all been secured by his management company, International Sports Management.