WORTHING Golf Club’s Peter Tarver-Jones picked up his first win since turning professional last week.
The tournament at Moor Allerton, in Leeds, was part of the English Tour and Tarver-Jones won by a shot to collect £2,000 prize money and he admits that the victory will be a big confidence booster for upcoming events.
He took part in the tournament as he was told the course suited his game and he had been playing well leading into it. He said: “To get my first win feels absolutely fantastic. I have been playing very well now for some time and, even though I have only played six events, I felt like I was knocking on the door.
“I had it hanging over me that I hadn’t won, so it really is awesome to win one. This will be a big confidence booster for me and I can keep the momentum going into the rest of my events.”
After only turning professional in January, when asked if the win had come sooner than expected, Tarver-Jones said: “Yes and no, I had been really comfortable with how I was hitting the ball and probably could have done a little better in some of the tournaments I’d played in, so, from that perspective, I felt like I could have won earlier.
“However, it’s always tough starting out as you don’t really know what the field is like and what sort of scores are going to win.
“I had goals at the start of the year to get a win, but to actually do it so early feels great. I thought it could take a while to get used to playing as a professional, but I think top amateur golf, and collegiate golf in the US, prepares you really well for it.”
On how he played at the tournament, Tarver-Jones said: “I played really solid the first day to shoot 70. But it really was the worst score I could have shot as I had some three putts and could have converted some more birdie opportunities.
“The second and final round, I wasn’t as sharp tee to green but I chipped and putted really well and that made my score.
“It was very tight and close the whole way round, especially the last four holes. I played with the guy who came second, so I knew what he was doing and how I stood compared to him. I just tried to play the golf course and not worry too much about it as I couldn’t control what he was doing. I made a late birdie on 17, which proved the turning point.”
On aims for the rest of the year, Tarver-Jones said: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on my game but I would love to win on the TP Tour and Players Tour by the end of the year. I think if I keep working hard and feel good with my game, the scores and results will happen naturally.
“I would also like to thank my sponsors, Asphaleia, who have been supportive of me and my progress since I have turned professional. Asphaleia also play a big part in the community in the south, as they help young people of all different backgrounds develop and create successful futures for themselves.
“To have an organisation backing me, who see the potential in young people is very rewarding for me. For more information about them, visit www.asphaleia.co.uk”
Tarver-Jones was taking part in a TP Tour event at East Sussex National (Uckfield) this week.