Wilson weighs up options

Andrew Wilson is taking a no-nonsense approach to his first year in the professional ranks.

The 24-year-old Darlington golfer aims to play in at least 10 Challenge Tour events thanks to his performance in the Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain. He is hoping to pick up more starts depending on results and invitations, while appearances on the EuroPro Tour are also a possibility.

He signed off his amateur career by playing a key role in England’s 2018 Home Internationals triumph at Conwy.

“I’m hoping my amateur career may lead to some invites early on, then I hope to get around 10 starts on the Challenge Tour based on Q School,” he explained. “Then it’s up to me to perform and make as many top 10 finishes as possible to get into the following events.

“I’ve not signed with any management group as I’m not willing to sign my life away,” he added, “but I’m always looking at it and assessing things like sponsorship, equipment and clothing possibilities, and what club I might be attached to. I’ll be going through everything with my coach, Graham Walker, and putting together more plans.”

Andrew posted two rounds of 69 to start Q School before shooting 75 and 73 to miss out on the final 36 holes, and the chance to earn a full European Tour card.

Elsewhere at Q School, Leeds-based Daniel Gavins secured a place among the top 25 and collected his full European Tour card while Chris Hanson narrowly missed out on his card – finishing in 37th place.