Ryan Evans has realised a dream by earning a place on the European Tour.
The 28-year-old from Corby, who is a member at Wellingborough Golf Club, this week begins life on the Tour having secured his Card at Q School at the PGA Catalunya Resort.
Evans’ place was confirmed as he finished 19th with the top 25 all earning their spots.
But things weren’t done the easy way.
After shooting a round of 73 in the fourth of six rounds, Evans was sitting in 51st place.
But he found some top form at just the right time as he went through the next two rounds at seven-under to move up the rankings.
And Evans, who is now competing in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, believes he was helped by not being under pressure for those final two rounds.
“I was always told that you are never out of anything, especially when there are a lot of guys who are nervous and under pressure,” he said.
“I think it is easier to come from behind in a situation like that than maybe sitting on 10, 11 or 12 under par and have it in your head that you need to hold on.
“To go seven-under over the last two rounds, I did play very well but I was in a situation where I just had to go for it.
“I am just glad I came out of it with a Tour Card.”
Evans was invited on to the Challenge Tour this just and went on to miss just two cuts in 17 events while finishing in the top five on two occasions.
He has also made the cut in each of the five events he has played so far on the top tier.
His golf journey, however, actually started because of an injury when he was younger.
A big fan of football and, in particular, Liverpool, Evans was a talented player in his younger days.
“I played junior football at a good level but I broke my leg playing and when I came back I was no good,” he said.
“So my dad took me to the driving range to have a go at golf and that’s where it all started.”
Since then Evans has gone on to dominate on the local scene, which is something he cares deeply about.
He returned to play in this year’s NGU Open at Northants County and won it one shot from Wellingborough club-mate Kyson Lloyd.
But winning wasn’t the main objective as far as he was concerned.
“The sole reason I played in the NGU Open were to say thanks to the county union for all their support and to try to attract more people to play in it,” he added.
“The county game has been great to me so why wouldn’t I play in the tournament if I had the chance?
“I wasn’t going there to win it. It was nice to but that wasn’t the main purpose of doing it.
“I will try to do that as much as I can in the future and if it falls on a date when I can play next year then I will do it again.”