England (Midlands) Region
07 Feb 18
Paul Streeter will play alongside regional rivals Paul Broadhurst and Peter Baker on the Staysure European Senior Tour this season thanks to a top five finish in the qualifying school.
Streeter, who is attached to Lincoln Golf Centre, completed the four rounds at Pestana Resort, Portugal, in one-under-par to come third and earn a coveted Tour card at the second attempt.
His score left him six shots adrift of the winner, Argentina’s Rafael Gomez, and three clear of Mauricio Molina who won a play-off against fellow South American Angel Franco to claim the fifth card.
Streeter, by contrast, was spared a nerve-jangling conclusion to his round after completing the par five 16th in regulation.
“I knew a bogey, bogey finish would be good enough,” said the 51-year-old who, after posting a bogey at the 17th, signed off in style with a birdie.
“Thankfully there were no last minute dramas and I’m delighted to get my card.”
By doing so, Streeter has earned the right to play alongside Broadhurst, Baker and a host of other big names in the 20-tournament series that begins with the Shariah Senior Golf Masters in the United Arab Emirates next month.
He will prepare for that by playing in a couple of Winter Alliance events which, despite his involvement on the Staysure European Senior Tour, is a portent of things to come.
“I plan to play in as many regional events as possible,” he added. “I’ve looked at the schedule and seen I can play in two Order of Merit tournaments. I will also play in as many regional pro-ams and county events as I can.”
Streeter was one of three English players to earn their cards in Portugal – Woburn amateur John Kemp and Mossop Hall’s David Shacklady were the others.
“I’ve known them for ages and they’re both good friends,” said Streeter. “I played with John during my amateur days and was delighted David has got his card as well, especially as he missed out in a play-off last year.”