Andy’s climbing the ranks

Andy Scrimshaw took another step towards his ambition of playing on the European Tour when he secured a full card for this year’s Alps Golf Tour.

The 25-year-old Close House-based pro finished tied 19th in the final qualifying school at La Cala in Spain and can now start planning his season on the Alps Tour, which takes in a total of nine countries, and is regarded as a stepping stone towards the Challenge Tour.

Scrimshaw has played in some Alps events, but said: “Securing a full card allows me to plan everything well ahead. This will be help me know when I have time off or when to work with my coach.

“My long term goal is going on to the Challenge Tour and then the European Tour. It’s an achievable goal.”

Scrimshaw is aiming for a top five finish on the Alps Tour and has been hitting the gym and working with his coach Andy Paisley over the winter months.

He sees the progress of Chris, Andy’s younger brother, as inspiration as he is following a similar path to the current European Tour star.

“I know Chris as a friend and I play golf with him when he is home. It’s great to talk to him about golf as he has been through it all.”

Scrimshaw represented Northumberland at full and junior level as well as England Schoolboys before going on to complete his PGA Foundation degree in 2014.

The former Faldo Junior Series finalist also won the Northumberland and Durham Under 21 Championship while an amateur based at Prudhoe Golf Club.

He posted three steady rounds of 72, 71 and 73 at La Cala to secure his 2018 card.