Irish Close Champion Galbraith plans foreign invasion in 2015

2014 AIG sponsored Irish Amateur Close Golf Championship

John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) celebrates with fellow Whitehead Golf Club members (from left) Colin Farr (Club Professional), Darren Kane, Jeremy Jones, Chiz Parker and Terry Kane after his victory at the 2014 AIG sponsored Irish Amateur Close Golf Championship at Seapoint Golf Club> Picture by Pat Cashman

New season, new goals for reigning Irish Close Champion, John Ross Galbraith.
The 20-year-old, who edged out Limerick’s Pat Murray by a single hole in last year’s Close final at Seapoint GC (outside Drogheda) is itching for a taste of competitive action and the chance to make his mark on ‘foreign’ shores.
“I’ve played in a few scratch events but my last tournament was the Faldo Series Grand Final at the Greenbrier (West Virginia) at the end of October,” said Galbraith who also won the Ulster Youths title last year.
“It was a superbly run event at a fantastic venue. It was a different world and in many respects was one of the best trips I have ever been on.
“I can’t wait to get going this year. I’m aiming for more consistency, to rack up the top 10s and top 15s but the ultimate goal would be to challenge and maybe win one of the tournaments outside Ireland.”
It’s going to be hard for Galbraith to match his 2014 season which, aside from the success at the Irish Close and Ulster Youths also saw him win the Home Internationals with Ireland and play in the NI Open at Galgorm.
“The Challenge Tour was great for me. It was a great opportunity to see where my game is at compared to those lads,” he added.
“I didn’t play particularly great all week to be honest but I made the cut. It was great to get the experience and play the four rounds.”
With no golf to be played, the Whitehead GC golfer has used the ‘off season’ to focus to his fitness, working hard on his strength and conditioning under the watchful eye of Robbie Cannon, a winner of the Irish Amateur Open in 2013.
“I’ve never really committed to it in the past,” he added.
“Hopefully it will help me get off to good start and I can build from there.”
Currently ranked 320 in the world, John Ross has an early opportunity to head in the right direction later this month when he joins Irish team mates Richard Bridges (Stackstown), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Faithlegg), Jack Hume (Naas), Gary Hurley (West Waterford), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), Gavin Moynihan (The Island) and Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) in South Africa to compete in two events, the EP Border Stroke Play and the South African Open Stroke Play.

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