GOLF: It’s all in a day’s work for King’s Lynn golfer Jack Yule as he continues to test himself in the professional ranks.
The Lynn Golf Club player is determined to turn his ‘hobby’ into a proper job and is happy with his progress since turning professional a year ago.
Yule is currently in action at the EuroPro Tour finals in Desert Springs, Spain. He shot a first-round 73 on Wednesday to earn joint 44th place, eight shots adrift of leader Billy Spooner from Boston West GC.
The former Springwood High School pupil, 24, suffered an early blow in yesterday’s second round when he hit a double bogey on the par three second hole but recovered well with birdies on the third, fifth and sixth to go one under par.
Unfortunately, he hit trouble on the seventh with another double bogey before bogeying both the eight and ninth to sit three over par at halfway.
Yule said: “I chose to turn pro for two reasons. I not only wanted to see if there was a possibility of taking my game to the next level but I also felt it was time for a different challenge to take my hobby into a working job environment.”
Since making that decision, Yule has impressed, finishing the 2017/18 Gecko Tour in overall 10th place, despite playing in only four rounds of the 14-leg competition
He finished first in the sixth leg at Andalusia’s Real Novo Sancti Petri and third at the same course in the following round with joint seventh places recorded at Westin La Quinta and Parador to gain a total of 3,916 points.
In the Norfolk Alliance, he won at Sprowston Manor with an eight-under par 63 and was third at Eaton.
He also played at the King Hamad Royal course in Bahrain, where he finished 13th.
This season has seen him earn £4,606 so far, making five of the nine cuts in the EuroPro Tour.
His best finish came at Montrose Golf Links in the Eagle Orchid Scottish Master, where rounds of 69 and 65 earned him a share of second place and £3,187. He was also in the money at the Newmachar Challenge, The Prem Group Irish Masters, The Pentahotels Championship, The Albrate.com Championship and at Mannings Heath Golf Club.
But it all comes at a cost and Yule is keen to attract more sponsors and he said: “My aim is to become a very successful golfer on the European Tour or the PGA Tour and any support I can get from West Norfolk businesses will help in that ambition.”
The PGA EuroPro Tour is a men’s developmental professional golf tour.
It is based mainly in the UK, with Yule up against players from Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as from home nations.
It provides young, pro golfers with a platform to launch a tournament career and the top five finishers on the Order of Merit win a Challenge Tour card and also a place at the Stage Two Qualifying School for the European Tour.
Yule is also playing in the Mena Golf Tour in the Middle East and North Africa. The top five professionals on the Order of Merit receive Sunshine Tour cards for the following season, with those sixth to 15th earning entry into the final stage of the Sunshine Tour’s Q School.
Yule said: “My reasons for choosing these two tours are that the EuroPro Tour is to get a full main season of playing to earn a Challenge Tour card for 2019 season. The Mena Golf Tour is to play abroad at a good standard. But the main reason is to have a full season packed full of golf!”
As an amateur, Yule was ranked 222 in the world and rose to ninth in the European Golf Rankings in 2016, winning a variety of competitions and finishing in the top three of many others.
He also played for England Represented England in the home internationals against Scotland, Wales and Ireland).