Golfer aims to improve his standing

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A MORPETH golfer is making a renewed push to move up the professional pecking order.

After a couple of years focusing on teaching and playing mainly in regional events, David Clark has been working hard on his game in advance of the EuroPro Tour qualifying school in April.

If he makes a successful return to the series of competitions, including a tournament at Longhirst Hall Golf Club in the summer, the 33-year-old could end up on the prestigious Challenge Tour which is just one level below the main PGA European Tour.

Clark said: “I played on the EuroPro Tour for five or six seasons, but a couple of years ago I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to, so I decided to play some regional events and do more teaching at Morpeth Golf Club.

“Now I’ve got my appetite back for the game and I’m ready to give it another go. Over the winter I’ve been working on a few technical issues that were letting me down in 2011 with coaches at Morpeth, Burgham and Hexham.

“I feel better prepared and more focused for the season ahead and hopefully I can make my mark on the tour.”

He rated 2011 as “an up and down” year. On the positive side, he was more consistent on the golf course but he did not play as many good rounds as in 2010.

Ironically, his best performance came just a few days after missing out in a European Tour School qualifier.

A more carefree attitude helped to relax Clark during the Rocar Moores and Copley Fixby Classic title in Huddersfield and he went on to win the event by two shots.

“The ideal result for this year is finishing in the top five of the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit,” he added.

“This would get me a full Challenge Tour card and I wouldn’t have to go through Tour School, which all comes down to how well you play on a particular week.”

Clark is seeking sponsorship from local businesses and organisations for the year ahead. Those interested in supporting him can get in touch via Morpeth Golf Club on 01670 504942.