Summer Update

A quick update from Tom Perry telling us what he has been doing over the last few months.

I am 6 events into the Europro Tour season with the 7th event being held this week at the very well known Close House Golf Club just outside of Newcastle. You may have heard of Close House before as it has held a European Seniors Tour event a few years ago and also it is the club where Lee Westwood is attached to, you can see the logo on the side of his Cap! I played a practice round yesterday and it is in fantastic condition with the greens rolling extremely fast.

The start of the season has been a bit mixed. I had some decent results in Portugal and on the mini tours were I felt like my game was in good shape, however I have only made 2 cuts on the Europro so far.

I started the Europro season at Frilford Heath Golf Club missing the cut by 2 shots, then Burhill Golf Club missing the cut by 1 shot. My first cut made of the year was at Cumberwell Park golf club shooting 67-72-72 for a 2 under par finish for 49th place.

Although I made the cut I felt like my driving of the ball let me down all week and if I had driven it well off the tee I could have really finished high up on the leader board. 2 missed cuts followed then I made the cut in my last event at The Carrick Golf Club on Loch Lomond finishing in the top 50.

The Latest Update from Tom Perry

Tom Perry picWe catch up with Powerstar sponsored golfer Tom Perry ahead of a busy summer schedule.

In early March I went out to Portugal to play in 2 mini tour events on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour. They hold 2 day events with around 60 plus competitors. Both of the events were held at a course called Castro Marim Golf Club over on the eastern side of the Algarve not far from the Spanish border. The course was very quirky and very firm which made it difficult especially from the tee. In the first tournament I plotted my way round and played nicely shooting -4 for the tournament in tough windy conditions and finished in 5th place only 3 shots off the winning score. In the second tournament however I didn’t finish as high finishing in 26th place +1 for the tournament with a bad first round of 3 over followed by another 2 under par.

I stayed out in Portugal in the Vilamoura area at a friends apartment to get some warm weather practice and play before having to come home and head to the EuroPro Tour Final Qualifying.

Golf course picThe Europro final qualifying was held at Frilford Heath Golf Club near Oxford, it’s a brilliant club with 3 courses that are all fantastic and well worth a visit. I played steady all week and made the cut which got me my tour card for the year.

Over the last couple of weeks I have played a couple of mini tour events on the 1836 tour. My best result being in the 1 day event at Vale of Llangollen shooting 1 under par in tough conditions finishing 4th in the event.

Other than that I have been working hard at my whole game, and also with my strength and conditioning down at Sheffield Hallam University in the gym.

My first Europro event starts on the 18th of May at Frilford Heath Golf Club and I have events near enough every week throughout the summer which I can’t wait to get playing in!

Thanks for all your support and looking forward to a successful year all round.

 

Tom Perry Golf

End of year update From Tom

Tom Perry GolfWith Christmas around the corner we take a look at what has happened over 2015 with Tom Perry.

It has been a very up and down year for me but overall a year of progression in my game and from where I was this time last year.

My year didn’t get off to a great start on the EPD tour in January and February making 1 cut in Morocco. My game felt very ‘rusty’ coming from winter in England straight into competitive play, which is definitely something I will learn from to try and get some warm weather practice in before going into next season to feel fully ready to go into tournament play.

After getting a category at the Europro qualifying school in April I decided to go back out to play on the EPD tour to play in Austria for 3 events, and then come back ready to compete for the rest of the season on the Europro tour. I made some vast improvements with my game in Austria getting myself into contention in 1 of the events at Adamstal Golf Club after an opening round of 65. Overall in Austria I played some great golf but more importantly made a couple of cuts and gained some confidence going into the Europro season.

Tom Pic SkyMy season on the Europro again was up and down but with lots of positives to take out of it such as getting into contention at Montrose golf club in Scotland. After 2 rounds of 71 and 65 I was in a tie for 3rd place which was great to be in the mix in the last couple of groups going into the last round. It was such a good experience to be in front of the Sky Sports cameras all the way round and doing an interview before the final round, I loved every minute of it.

Overall the middle of the season was the strongest point for me, not only did I feel like my game was in good shape I had my best run making 5 cuts out of 7 events from the start of June through to mid August getting myself into contention twice.

In November through to February I will be playing some mini tour events in the UK to keep me playing (I’m hoping for no snow!!) and then when schedules come out for next season I will be going to play 2/3 events abroad for some pre season preparation for the 2016 Europro tour.

In the meantime I am down at Sheffield Hallam University working with Steve Thompson and Tim Vernon on my physique and bio-dynamics of the golf swing, and also working with Gareth Davies, my coach, on the whole of my game to keep improving going into next season.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone at Powerstar for all of your support throughout the year and for the continued support going into next year.

Autumn Update from Tom

Tom PerryJust a quick update on what has been happening over the summer.

I have played 4 out of the last 5 Europro events of 2015 making 2 out of 4 cuts. The first event was at Hawkstone Park Golf Club in Shropshire. This was a nice place to play as my dad used to be the assistant professional there when he was younger. I played solid all week and finished in the top 30 at -4.

The next event was at Slayley Hall Golf Club in Hexham. This is a fantastic course that has held different Europro tournaments over the years. I played well at this event to make the cut at -2, however the the final round was cancelled due to torrential rain which started the night before the round was due to take place and didn’t stop throughout the day!!

Tom Perry - winners 1836 tourOn 21st September I took park in the 1836 tour Pro-AM event in Conwy and finished 1st with a -10 round partnered with Mark Lennox.

This week I am in Hardelot, Northern France to play in the first stage of the European Tour School. This is over three stages in the winter months with the top players at each stage going on to play the next. I am really looking forward to this event as it’s a great opportunity and experience for me. Getting through the tour school gives you a European Tour Card. Play starts today so I will post another update at the end of the year.

 

 

Europro Tour update from Tom Perry

IMG_7108aI went up to Scotland to play in my first couple of events on the PGA Europro tour. The Europro tour goes around the UK and has 168 players playing each event with 50 players making the cut.

The first event was at Newmacher golf club in Aberdeen and I shot a solid round to take me into the second event. We then travelled to Montrose Links Golf club which was about a 40 minute drive away on the east coast of Scotland. I had 2 practice rounds on the links and the course was fantastic.

I played very early in the first round teeing off at 7:17am and played nicely shooting a 1 under par 70 with a birdie on the last hole. In the second round I teed off at 11:50am with the forecast not so good it looked like it could be a long day.

I played the first 8 holes in 4 under par after making an eagle 2 up the par 4 8th. Then it started to rain quite heavily, I played down the 9th hole and hit my approach into the 9th green to 3ft when thunder and lightning struck all around and over the course! Play was suspended for 3 hours! After the long delay I went back out and carried on where I left off finishing the round with a 6 under 65 taking me to tied third place with 1 round to go.

The final day was a great new experience for me playing in one of the final groups and having the Sky Sports Cameras all the way round with me, as well as doing a short interview before the round.

I had an up and down day but salvaged a 1 over par 72 with 4 birdies in a row on the back 9.
Although it was not my best round I actually played okay it just wasn’t meant to be! I finished 14th overall, and was very pleased with the week and how I played.

It will be shown on sky sports on Wednesday 15th July…  Fingers crossed I will be on!

A mid year update from Tom Perry

tom perry picWith the Europro Tour due to start in the next few weeks we take a look at what Tom Perry is doing to prepare.

“I have just arrived in Austria to play 3 tournaments over the next 17 days on the 19th EPD Pro Golf Tour. The EPD Pro Golf Tour was founded in 1997 and takes place between January and September. A total of 21 tournaments will be played across 5 countries.

After this round of matches I will be back at home for a week and a half before I start my season on the Europro Tour at Newmachar Golf Club in Aberdeen.

Newmachar Golf Club is home to two 18 hole golf courses. The course has been endorsed by Peter Alliss, and is regarded as one of the toughest tests of golf in the area. It has already hosted major championships, including the Scottish Professional Championship and the Scottish Seniors Open.”

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An Update from Powerstar sponsored golfer Tom Perry

image - resizedThis is an update from Powerstar sponsored, professional golfer Tom Perry on the first few months of 2015. Tom is currently looking forward to joining the Europro tour school.

“In February I competed on the pro golf tour in Morocco, playing in three events. The first two tournaments were based in Marrakech, with the first tournament played at Samanah GC and the second tournament at Al Maaden GC. The third tournament was played at Mogador GC in Essaouira.

Fortunately, my game improved over the three tournaments, in the second tournament, the first round I shot 2 over par, my game not quite where I wanted it to be but was an improvement on the first tournament.

In the second round I shot 2 under par and played image (2) resizedgreat, if I could have had a few more putts drop it could have been a few better. Unfortunately a lip out on the last couple of holes cost me making the top 40, although I missed out I was feeling better about my game.

We then travelled over to Essaouira to play the final tournament at Mogador GC (A Gary Player design course which was awesome), the course was extremely difficult and very tight. I played good the first 2 rounds shooting 1 over and making the cut and finished 33rd over all so a great finish to my trip.

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Between the 2nd and 3rd tournament I got invited to play in a big pro am at a local golf course sponsored by Cimar Cements a Moroccan cement company. It was an excellent day I shot 2 under and my team won the pro am so that was pleasing!

Throughout March I have been playing in a few 1836 Tour events which is played mainly across the North West of the UK.

Next on the list is the Europro Tour school here in the UK which takes place over the next few weeks and then hopefully going onto the Europro Tour in May.”

 

 

 

Tom Perry Golf

End of Year Update from Tom Perry

Tom Perry GolfI have had a mixed year for my first year as a golf professional, but an enjoyable one to say the least. I have visited 5 different countries, playing in 12 events over Europe and North Africa playing on the EPD tour (European professional development tour), and played mini tours and Pro Ams across the UK.

This was mainly playing on the 1836 Tour which is a tour that is played mainly in Manchester and across the North West. As stated in my previous blog I had a tough time out playing at the start of the year struggling to make any cuts and honestly struggling with my game all together. My first 7 tournaments were in January, March and April in Turkey, Egypt and Morocco, all places I had never been before and all of which I gained great experience from playing inTom Perry GolfOf the 3 different countries to play golf in my favourite was definitely Turkey. I played 2 tournaments, one held on the Sueno Dunes course and the second held on the Sueno Pines course in Belek. Both are great courses but played very different to each other.

The dunes course was quite short with a lot of risk reward holes which could send your round either way, which I showed in my second round having 6 birdies and still managing to shoot a not so good 4 over par!! The pines course however was a longer more championship test of golf but both were great courses.

After Turkey, Egypt and Morocco I had 2 weeks back home to work on my game and try and gain some confidence going into 2 events in Austria in the last couple of weeks in May. I had met a group of English and Scottish players in my first few months playing on the tour, we tended to all stick together, going out for dinner and playing practice rounds together etc.

I roomed with one of the English players in Egypt and then a Scottish player in Morocco, who I also roomed and shared a full trip with in Austria. We got along great and had a great trip, we landed in Vienna and had to drive around 2 hours North West right up to the border of Czech Republic to a course called Haugschlag Golf Course. I played okay in the first round but didn’t score that great shooting 2 over par, however my game felt good so I felt I could shoot better on day 2.Tom Perry Golf

Through 9 holes of the second round I was 1 over par and 3 over for the tournament which would miss the cut so I knew I had to play better on the back 9. I birdied the 10th and 11th holes missed a short birdie putt on the 12th then birdied 13, 14, and 15 and finished the back 9 in 5 under par and 4 under for the round making the cut. I didn’t play aswell in the last round however shooting 6 over par in tricky conditions but the tournament was progression in my season.

The second tournament in Austria was around and hours drive south at a course called Adamstal Golf course and is without a doubt in my top 3 courses I’ve ever played, and had the most incredible scenery which you can see on some of these photos. However after the practice Tom Perry Golfround (in the photo, right) the weather turned sour. Thunder and lightning for two days straight and the tournament got reduced to one round rather than three and I missed out on the money by one shot! I was rather relieved at the end of the day though, as it was looking tight to get to my flight on time with all the golf delays, but got there just in time to come back home, it was a long few days…

I played one tournament in Germany in June but decided to play much more mini tour golf back in the UK to get my game up to scratch and gain some confidence. I played in 6 one day tournaments in July of which I finished in the top 3 three times and played nicely in the other three, which was nice to get some consistency in my game.

In August I went across to Northern Ireland to play in a challenge tour qualifier (challenge tour is the step above the EPD tour), a unique opportunity for any professional to try and qualify for the NI challenge tour Open later in the month. Only the Top 3 qualify for the event but I thought it would be a good chance and again a good experience for me to play. I finished 5th overall missing but I played nice and gained a lot from the trip.

Following this, I played twice more on the EPD tour in Germany and played well but more of my success from the year has come back home in the last few months. I played in a Ladies Pro am at my home club Abbeydale golf club in September, where Male or Female professionals play with three ladies as a team playing a better ball for the team score and the professionals have an individual competition. We had a great day finishing 5th as a team and I managed to come tied 1st with a good friend of mine James Maw, shooting 67. One of the ladies in our team was Powerstar’s Louise Mardapittas (Team Captain)!

Tom Perry GolfIn October I went back to the EPD tour school to try and give me full playing rights and priority in tournaments for 2015 and finished 25th with the Top 40 gaining full playing rights for 2015, which was nice to take some pressure off for next year. Over the last couple of months I have played my best golf all year, I have played very consistent and my game feels good so I am looking forward to taking that into the start of next year where I will be competing on the EPD tour in January in Egypt and Morocco in February. For the time being I am playing in a few Pro Ams and 1 day tournaments up until Christmas on the 1836 tour where I am leading the Winter order of merit, as well as practicing and working on my game.

I would like to thank everyone at Powerstar for their support throughout the year and into the next few years. I hope everyone has a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

An Update from Tom Perry

Tom PerryProfessional Golfer, Tom Perry, who is proudly sponsored by Powerstar gives us an update on his latest going on in 2014…

“It’s been a tough but positive year so far and most recently, playing in the UK based 1836 Tour. I’ve played on this tour a lot over the past couple of years both as an amateur and professional and it’s a great tour to play in.

In the past three results in July, I’ve finished 3rd, 4th and 2nd, which was good to regain some confidence and consistency in my game whilst I’m not away playing on the EPD Pro Golf Tour.

I have a few more events on the 1836 tour and then I’ll be heading off to Germany for the last 2 events on the Pro Golf Tour and I’ll be aiming to take my recent form into the competition and finish the year on a strong point.

The EDP Professional Golf Tour takes place over a year, across six countries and involves twenty tournaments. The top placed golfers from the Tour will receive a free pass to compete in the 2015 Challenge Tour which is the second tier of the men’s Professional Golf Tour.

I am also playing in a challenge tour event qualifier in Northern Ireland  before I go to Germany, which will again add to my experience and hopefully will qualify for the challenge tour event at a later date.

With a strong finish this year, I aim to have a good ‘off-season’ at my home club of Abbeydale and head in 2015 in good form.

I’d like to again thank EMSc and Powerstar for all their support and I’ll be sure to keep you posted of all my progress!”

Tom Perry.