Jamie joins golf’s big boys

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GOLFING superstars such as Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will be among opponents Stoke-By-Nayland professional Jamie Moul could be facing next season as his reward for finally earning a card which will take him into the European Tour.

“I am obviously excited. It is something I have been trying to do for three or four years,” said the 27-year-old.

Even though he finished 38th in his last tournament in Italy at the end of last week, his previous performances over the year still meant he ended eighth overall in the second-tier European Challenge Tour, described as the breeding ground for future champions.

The top 20 in the event earned cards to take part in the European Tour, but it is only Moul and others in the first ten who will be allowed to enter most of the bigger events, with the Colchester player able to play in around 90 per cent of them when the new season opens in the new year.

He now plans to take a break after his exhausting but rewarding season, before taking part in two competitions in South Africa at the start of the new season which will see him playing again until next November.

Last week he was sixth in the European Challenge Tour before going to play in the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final in Italy.

And although disappointed to have finished 38th he was relieved that some of his closest opponents also had bad rounds and he only dropped to eighth and retained his standing in the coveted best ten of the year.