Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Gareth Shaw hungry for more success on the European Challenge Tour

The Gareth Shaw steam train shows no signs of letting up just yet with the Galgorm Castle touring professional will tee it up in his eighth tournament in a row in Switzerland today.

After winning the 2012 Alps Tour, Shaw holds a card on the European Challenge Tour but was propelled into the limelight after two lucrative weeks competing on the main European Tour.

First he took full advantage of a late invite into the Irish Open, finished tied fifth, picked up €61,920 and was then invited to last week's prestigious French Open where a tied 13th place earned the Lurgan native another €44,220.

"It certainly keeps the bank manager happy, he's probably wondering what's happened the last fortnight compared to my earnings the last few years," joked Shaw on the eve of this week's Swiss Challenge in Lucerne.

"It's been a great couple of weeks and it all came out of nowhere really. I had planned to take those two weeks off. If only every two week holiday brought me over €100,000. The prize money is massive help. It means I can concentrate on my golf and invest in a few things like a regular caddy for the rest of the year or bring my coach Johnny Foster out to a tournament if I need to."

Though Shaw's focus returns to the Challenge Tour, the 27-year-old was delighted to prove himself at the top level: "It's great to take advantage of these opportunities and see that I can perform under such intense pressure and last week was a top quality course."

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