The start of a year can be a frustrating time for players in the lower echelons of the European Tour’s category system (see here for a list).  They include Team Jenahura players – Richard McEvoy and James Heath.

The ISPS Handa World Super 6’s in Perth, Australia was the first time this year Rich and James have had the chance to tee up on the European Tour.

McEvoy was first to tee up and carded an exemplary opening round of 71 that included just one birdie and 17 pars.  It’s fair to say the putter was pretty chilly in the Western Australia heat!  In the afternoon it was Heath’s turn.  He carded an impressive 69 (-3) with some excellent saves in the middle of his front nine before carding three birdies in his last ten holes.  It was role reversal on day two as Heath carded 71, holing nothing and McEvoy signing for a 69, which is the worse score it could’ve been.  Once again the putter prevented Rich from advancing further up the leaderboard.  Despite the frustration with the flat stick, he did manage to post four birdies in a row around the turn, the longest from 8 feet.

So, both players made the half way cut comfortably on -4 and thankfully for the governor’s weary legs they were paired together for the third round on Saturday!  A proud moment seeing two members of Team Jenahura teeing off on a Saturday in a major tournament – we’ve come along way in 2 1/2 years…  Both players nailed their opening tee shots and confidently hit stunning approaches to the opening hole.  Richard converted his to move to -5. James narrowly missed.  Another birdie at the second for McEvoy had him off to a flying start.  Sadly, two bogeys in quick succession de-railed his chances of making the final 24 on Sunday despite numerous opportunities to climb the leaderboard, carding 72 (E).  As for Heath, it was another day of frustration.  Despite some outstanding play from tee to green, he just couldn’t buy a putt all day and eventually posted 73 to also miss the 6-hole matchplay shoot-out on Sunday.

Disappointed but certainly not dejected, both players head for Johannesburg looking to improve their conversation ratio on the greens but feeling confident with their long games.  We wish them well.

Images kindly supplied by: Golffile | Thos Caffrey