Romford’s Dan delighted with first title
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 December 2016
New pro golfer wins in Portugal
Romford’s Dan Garner was delighted to win his first tournament as a professional after claiming first place at the Boavista Classic in Portugal.
Garner carded rounds of 64 and 71 to win by one stroke and took home a cheque for 2,000 euros.
And he admitted it was a perfect ending to his first campaign in the paid ranks, saying: “It felt great, it is my first year as a professional, so it was great to get a major win in my first year.
“It is a great way to end my first season as a pro. Mental toughness was vital as well as working hard and keeping my head in the present.
“I’ve been in similar positions before and let my head get to me, which is very frustrating as you work hard and what you train for goes to nothing.”
It always seemed likely that Garner would get involved in golf and he honed his skills on the Heath Drive course in Gidea Park.
He added: “My whole dad’s side of the family play golf. I grew up playing football and a bit of golf on the side for fun. But once my football team folded at the age of 11, I began to take the golfing a lot more serious, devoting all my time to it.
“I’ve been at Romford ever since I was 11 years old, I grew up there and it feels great to represent my area.”
Garner came up through the ranks at Romford and says he felt no added pressure when deciding to leave the amateur game behind.
He said: “As an amateur, I never played for England so there was no real pressure when I turned pro, I feel like I went under the radar, but it has definitely been a long process.
“I’ve sacrificed a lot on my journey, time as well as money. I upped my work rate tremendously since turning pro and worked hard all year.”
With one title to his name, Garner is now setting his sights on more success at a higher level, adding: “From here, I want to work my way up in the tours and eventually get on to the European tour.
“Qualifying is in March, which I’m greatly looking forward to. My hope is to win major tournaments. The guys on the major tours are no different to those on smaller tours, it comes down to your mental game. This is what differentiates you when you get to the very top, that makes all the difference.
“I would tell young budding golfers to stick at it, it does take a long while, golf is one of those sports you will never crack, but you have to listen to yourself and keep going.”