Fleetwood Golf Club professional Dave Corsby is aiming high this summer after qualifying to play on the Alps Tour.
And he has already made a successful start, finishing in 12th place in the Red Sea El Ein Bay Open in Egypt, earning enough to cover the cost of the flight
Next week, his itinerary takes him to France to compete in the Open International De Rebetz as part of the 26-year-old’s ultimate aim to get a spot on the main European Tour.
The Alps Tour takes in season-long events in parts of Europe and North Africa and is the third tier of golf in importance behind the main Tour and the Challenge circuit.
The highlight of Corsby’s amateur career was to beat Shane Lowry in the West Of Ireland Championship in County Sligo in 2009 and now he is intent on making his mark on the Alps professional tour.
The magnitude of Corsby’s win over Lowry cannot be under-stated.
Shortly after his defeat at the hands of the Fleetwood golfer, Lowry went on to win the Irish Open as an amateur.
Corsby will continue to teach at Fleetwood and will scale down his commitments as he aims to play in as many as the 19-strong Alps events as possible.
He said: “I decided to qualify for the Alps Tour rather than play on the EuroPro circuit in this country because you can gain more experience and get more out of it than you do by playing in tournaments here.
“I have been working hard with my swing-coach Alan Thompson over the winter and I think it has improved my game.
“I needed that part of my game to work in Egypt because I had a bit of a struggle on the greens, and it was a bit of an eye-opener for me.”
Corsby is looking for sponsors in his quest to make an impact on the Alps Tour.
He said: “The members have been very kind to me at Fleetwood and helped me with a golf day last year and there are plans for another one this year.
“No-one can really make money out of the Alps Tour and any sponsorship would help me a lot.”
Corsby’s friend Matt Baldwin made his name on the Alps Tour and progressed to the European Tour and is going all out to emulate his pal.”