Shaw shakes up backroom team

The year may have changed but Gareth Shaw’s goal remains the same for 2014, making that jump from Challenge Tour player to European Tour regular.
2013 was something of a mixed bag for the 28-year-old. The highs of a fifth place finish at the Irish Open were followed by a poor end to the Challenge Tour season and a failure to make progress via the Euro Tour Q School.
With no competitive golf since late November, the Lurgan golfer has had time to assess his options and has made a few changes to his backroom team, parting company with coach Johnny Foster and signing with management company Georgia Golf.
Georgia Golf look after the affairs of a number of Euro tour golfers including 2012 Irish Open winner Jamie Donaldson and South African Jaco Van Zyl.
“I had three and a half years working with Johnny and he has taken me from being average on the Alps Tour to competing on the European Tour. I have a lot to thank him for and he is aware of that, It’s just one of those things that happens in golf,” said Gareth.
Gareth has turned to Hertfordshire based teaching professional, Matt Belsham, as he strives to get himself into the mix more regularly on the Challenge Tour.
“When I played well on the Challenge Tour my low scores weren’t low enough,” added Gareth.

 “I was shooting scores of 68/67 when really I needed to be carding 63/64. The scoring is so low that 20 under par is required to make an impact and the way my game was last year, I couldn’t really do that.

“The key is that when you are playing well you have to make it count by going really low.”
The 2014 Challenge Tour schedule has yet to be released but the Tour is expected to return to Galgorm Castle in late August for the Northern Ireland Open Challenge.

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