Rhys stays on course

Missing out on winning his card on the EuroPro Tour hasn’t put a dent in Rhys Thompson’s ambition.

The 22-year-old turned pro this year after a successful amateur career which saw him top the Durham County Order of Merit three times.

He also decided to give website GoFundme a try alongside backing from sponsors, friends and family, and was genuinely surprised and grateful at the level of support he received.

“It did really well, which was quite surprising and I was really happy with it and very grateful,” said Rhys, who hopes to use the EuroPro Tour as a stepping stone to the Challenge and European tours.

“Unfortunately I was quite unwell in the lead up to the qualifying school for the EuroPro Tour and missed out by one shot, but I’m still hoping to receive some invitations towards the end of the season and I’m hoping I might get in to the Longhirst tournament. While the EuroPro Tour was – and is – my main aim, I’ve been looking at the 1836 Tour and Jamega Tour. I’ve already played in a couple of 1836 events and it’s gone quite well.

“There’s still a lot of options available and it’s a case of finding out which is the best route. It’s all about gaining experience of playing professional golf and I have a lot to learn.”

Rhys is continuing to work on a part-time basis in golf operations at Slaley Hall, where he is attached and coached by Steve Fawcitt, although he played out of Boldon as an amateur with regular success.

“I was consistent last season, I held my own in the bigger events, and was able to pull it together. I seemed to be more consistent than I have before and that was a really big improvement.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Rhys, contact him on 07793 025 865 or go to his GoFundMe page.