DORSET golfer Matt Williams is looking ahead to a big couple of months as he looks set to start the next step in his career as he competes in his first full season on the EuroPro Tour.

Williams, 22, received an invite to an event on the tour last year and has since had an invite for the whole season and in addition he will compete on the TP Tour for his third year.

Williams said: I think the first few months are going to be crucial if I can do well. It is quite a big financial strain really so if I can do well the first few months and try and win some of the money back and then I should be able to fund the rest of the year.”

Discussing how it was when he received the invite to his first EuroPro Tour event, Williams said: “When I had the invite last year I went to Wales to play in the event down there and it was certainly something. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, it certainly felt like it was a big event with the Sky cameras and a lot more spectators so it gave me the thirst for more.”

The golfer, who lives in Bournemouth and coaches at Wareham Golf Club, feels like he is at the right age to make this step.

Williams said: “I am quite lucky at the age I am. I am at the right age to go for it now.

“I think I am at the right stage now and with the knowledge I have gained over the last couple of years I think I am ready to push on.”

The EuroPro also offers opportunities for Williams to eventually get on to the European Tour via the Challenge Tour.

Williams explained: “There has been some good success stories: Jordan Smith from Wiltshire won the order of merit on the EuroPro in his first year, went on to the Challenge Tour and won the order of merit in his first year to get on to the European Tour.

“Obviously that is the aim but realistically it is possibly not going to be in that method but it is what we all aim to achieve.”

He will be making his first appearance of the year on the tour on March 28 at an event in Reading, while he competes in his first event of the year on the TP Tour on March 15 at Liphook.

Discussing his time on the TP Tour, Williams said: “I have had a number of top fives and top threes, you have some top players on there, for instance Paul McGinley ex-European Ryder Cup captain.

“So you get some great players on there and it is great to play alongside them and gain knowledge from them and learn yourself.”

Williams is looking to have a good first few months to fund the rest of the year and he is currently looking for sponsorship.


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