A YEAR on from turning professional, Peter Tarver-Jones can look back happily at the past 12 months where he has put in an above-par performance – which, for once, is a good thing.
It has been a solid start to his pro career for the 25-year-old who has notched three wins.
His first win came in June with a victory at Moor Allerton, in Leeds, on the English Tour where he won by a shot to collect £2,000 prize money.
He finished on three under par after rounds of 70 and 69.
The Worthing Golf Club member went on to win another two times at Selsey in a Sussex Professional Golf Union event and then on the Players’ Tour at West Surrey.
Tarver-Jones said: “2013 was a great year for me. I won three times as a pro so hit my goals. I shot 70, 69, 68, 67 in the four rounds which was very pleasing.
“After my summer golf tournaments, I was lucky enough to train and compete for two months in Jupiter, Florida, from October to December. It was the perfect way to end a great year.
“The highlight of the year for me was the first win in Leeds as I felt my game was in the best shape – ultimately, the first win is always the most satisfying.
“Padraig Harrington has won numerous times on tour, including Majors, and he always said that his most rewarding and meaningful check was his first one at just $800. I know how he feels.”
Tarver-Jones’ home club has a wealth of talent at the moment with young Marco Penge and Toby Tree also enjoying an excellent year and Tarver-Jones believes it is a rarity to have such concentrated talent.
He said: “I think we are very fortunate to have so many extremely talented golfers at Worthing Golf Club.
“It really is amazing how good the standard is and I don’t think many clubs in England can be like it. It means I can always be pushed to improve, and it certainly helps stay competitive when I’m away from tournaments.”
Tarver-Jones’ pro debut came in Spain where he finished in 18th place, while his debut in England, on a TP Tour event, saw him tie joint fourth – four shots off the winner.
He credits his success to strong support from family, coaches and friends. “I am lucky to have been surrounded by very influential people who have helped me with my game and continue to do so,” he said.
“My swing coach Steve Orr and Scott Cranfield have been brilliant for me over the past two years.
“My gym coach, Joey Diovisalvi, has also been great. It also goes without saying that my friends and family have been awesome, too.”
A busy schedule sees Tarver-Jones return to Florida to train at the end of the month until March, when his competitive season starts.
On this year’s aims and targets, he added: “I now want to play a step above where I was in 2013 and compete on the EuroPro.
“I will also carry on playing some Players Tour and TP Tour events across the south. I aim to get a win on the EuroPro and two wins on the Players Tour/TP Tour.
“I’m really happy with how my game is progressing and these are definitely achievable goals for me.”
To keep up-to-date with Tarver-Jones, visit his blog at www.fromtheblue.me