Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson return to action this week at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge buoyed by massive performances at the Irish Open at Lahinch.
Ardglass pro Sharvin led home the Irish challenge in County Clare, securing a top-15 finish that saw him bank €85,000; a boost that should prove a huge asset for Sharvin when he takes aim at the top-15 on the money list as he tries to elevate his status to the Main tour.
“It’s obviously a bit of comfort,” said Sharvin. “I always like to have a caddie so that helps me have a caddie from now on. Caddies are expensive but I don’t have to worry about that side of things which is a big help for sure.
“I’ve already had huge confidence in my ability to win my Tour card this year on the Challenge Tour and this is only going to add to that. Hopefully I can kick on now, get off the Challenge Tour as quickly as possible and get out and compete with these guys.”
Meanwhile Dawson, who had only signed for a Sunday 77 at the Italian Challenge before earning a late call-up to the Rolex Series event, was enjoying his best result as a pro – a tied 27th finish and a €58,035 windfall that came with it.
Having birdied his 72nd hole, the fledgling professional proved that no matter the tour, his game can hold up against the best of them in a performance that should breed immense confidence as he tries to get his own season’s ambitions back on track in Challenge Tour company.
“To be honest, I don’t see a lot of differences between Challenge Tour and Main Tour,” said Dawson. “There are such fine lines in golf. But I loved playing in front of the crowds. You don’t get those opportunities too often. It’s good fun just having family and friends here, it’s been really good.
“I’ve two Challenge Tour events coming up now in France and Austria and then I’ve a week off. This is my fifth week in a row so I’ve just got to keep playing. I’m doing OK. This week feels like I’m home for the week. I know it’s mentally draining and I’ll probably feel it this evening but two weeks more will be fine.”