Manawatu Wanganui golfer Lachie McDonald sets off on Saturday to Spain as one of 3 players awarded a Michael Campbell Scholarship a couple of years ago. While the scholarship has taken sometime to become reality, it now comes at a great time for McDonald as he plans his next step in the game. McDonald will use the opportunity to gain as much valuable advice as he can from the former US Open Champion, so he can plan his next move in the game.
McDonald has plans to give the professional game a crack, but is seeking advice to which pathway to take, as there are many options available, with some providing greater opportunities than others. Playing golf on second tier tours is not easy, as the money available compared with expenses makes it very tough to make a living. A big tour is where a golfer needs to get to, and this sometimes requires a big break to get on to. Recently NZ golfer Ryan Fox, just by chance took an opportunity on the European Challenge Tour, and by playing well over a six week stretch has now likely secured a spot on the full European Tour for the next season. Fox narrowly missed out on playing the Web.com tour this year after the grueling qualifying stages.
So for McDonald he will be listening very closely to what Cambo has to tell him. Once McDonald returns to NZ he will have a full schedule of NZ Amateur events to compete in, including, the Charles Tour in New Plymouth and Christchurch, the North Island Amateur, and a number of district rep tournaments before the Toro Interprovincial. Following the Toro, McDonald will be looking at qualification for the Australasian Tour. At this stage McDonald has no plans past the Australasian qualifying, and will re-evaluate his goals depending on if he is successful.
We wish him all the best.