Golfer Shane plans another bid to go pro

Published on: 07 Feb 2013

Golfer Shane plans another bid to go pro

Saltford golfer Shane Winstone is hoping to follow the example of his snooker friend Judd Trump and make the big breakthrough into professional golf next season.

Winstone has often taken to the green beige with snooker’s world number one Trump. He said: “We lived near each other in Whitchurch, played a bit of snooker and went to the gym together.

“It is great to see the success Judd has achieved and I know I can do the same. It is just a question of building up my confidence.”

Shane, 27, a former Gloucestershire and Somerset amateur and member of Saltford Golf Club, is now searching for a new sponsor in his latest bid to break into professional golf.

Last season he played on the tough Europro Tour, finishing 59th in the Order of Merit, which means he automatically qualifies to play on the tour again in 2013 without having to get through the qualifying school.

He said: “Like most of the young players at this level I have to find a way to work and keep playing through the winter. I have been painting and decorating and last year I worked in a warehouse.

“I will try to again play most of the events in Britain and Ireland but the entry fees are £225 and you are looking at four nights in hotels at each event. I cannot afford a caddy at the moment and like a lot of other players I really need a financial backer to get started again.”

After previously trying to make a professional breakthrough a few years ago Winstone reverted to amateur status and switched from Gloucestershire to Somerset, helping them to win the Channel League two years ago as one of the county’s most successful players.

When he was with Gloucestershire he had been European tour star Chris Woods’ regular foursomes partner. His career highlight was reaching the semi-finals of the English Amateur Championship at Royal St Georges in 2007. His week started with a record-breaking round of 64 in qualifying at Royal Cinque Ports.

Next he won the Knowle Gold Medal, the City and County of Bristol at Henbury and the South West Youths title to claim the county's order of merit crown for the Duchess Salver for a second time.

He hoped his performance that year would bring recognition with a place in one of the EGU England squads, so funding would be available to play a full season of amateur golf. But he was overlooked. That was when he turned away from the amateur game.

Now he hopes this second venture to succeed as a professional will be more successful.

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