Team Jenahura’s rising star from Enfield, Harry Casey claims Challenge Tour category for 2016 with 4th place spot in Alps Tour Order of Merit
Torrential rain and high winds may have ruined the final day of the Alps Tour finalé at the Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of Team Jenahura’s Harry Casey. With the final round washed out, Harry’s tie for 39th place was good enough for him to hold on to 4th position in the Final Standings and with it a highly sought after category on the 2016 European Challenge Tour.
The standard of talent on “satellite” professional golf tours has never been greater and the Alps Tour is widely regarded as the best European feeder tour for aspiring players from all over the world. Over the last nine months the Alps Tour has visited North Africa, Central and Western Europe and concluded in the Middle East.
It’s fair to say that Harry has struggled with his recent form but in the end two wins and three other top-5 finishes earlier in the season had secured enough points for the 22 year old from Enfield to claim one of only five Challenge Tour spots available.
When the news broke that the final round had been called off, Harry was understandably ecstatic! He said “I can’t quite believe it. The last few weeks have been pretty nerve racking for everyone in contention and the delay this morning just added to the tension! I am absolutely buzzing. I really appreciate the support of all my sponsors and of course my family, I’m not sure I would’ve made it without them.
It has been an incredible year for Harry who only turned professional last September. Having qualified for the Alps Tour impressively last December, Harry bagged two early career wins on the Jamega Tour and then set a clear goal to finish in the Top-5 of the Alps Tour. He achieved that goal with a string of good performances in the middle of the season, winning once in Austria, shooting 65 from the pack and then chalking up a second victory in France leading from the front.
A truly remarkable first year as a professional but as is typical of Harry, he is very grounded and knows that the hard work has only just begun. Next stop for Casey is European Tour Q-School where he will attempt to put the cherry on top of the icing on the cake and attempt golfs equivalent of an Iron Man as he tries to earn one of only 25 European Tour cards. A tall order but who knows, he certainly has the talent and desire.