The year may have changed but Gareth Shaw’s goal remains the same, making that jump from Challenge Tour player to European Tour regular.
The 2013 season was something of a mixed bag for the 28-year-old, the highs of a fifth place finish at the Irish Open were followed by a poor end to the season on the Challenge Tour and a failure to make progress via the Euro Tour Q School.
With no competitive golf since late November, the Lurgan golfer has had time to assess his options and to make a few significant changes, parting company with coach Johnny Foster and signing with management company Georgia Golf.
“I had three and a half years working with Johnny and he has taken me from being average on the Alps Tour to competing on the European Tour,” said Gareth.
“I have a lot to thank him for and he is aware of that, It’s just one of those things that happens in golf.”
Gareth has turned to Hertfordshire based teaching professional, Matt Belsham, as he strives to get himself into the mix more regularly on the Challenge Tour.
“When I played well on the Challenge Tour my low scores weren’t low enough,” added Gareth.
“I was shooting scores of 68/67 when really I needed to be carding 63/64.
“The scoring is so low that 20 under par is required to make an impact and the way my game was last year, I couldn’t really do that.
“The key is that when you are playing well you have to make it count by going really low.”
The 2014 Challenge Tour schedule has yet to be released but the European Tour returns to action today at the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban.
Michael Hoey, Darren Clarke, Simon Thornton and Padraig Harrington are playing in the 37 man event.