England and Wales (North) Region
04 Feb 18
David Shacklady had one important mission to complete before packing his bags and flying back to Portugal later this month to compete in the long-running PGA North series of overseas pro-ams.
“My tropical fish tank needed cleaning out,” he explained. “I couldn’t leave it until I returned home.”
But the 50-year-old Mossock Hall maestro had bigger fish to fry on the Algarve last week as he secured his card on the senior Staysure Tour after missing out at the 2017 qualifying school in a three-man play-off.
It looked like Groundhog Day when Shacklady found himself in danger of being forced into another three-way shoot-out in the final round.
“I was four-under-par after the first two days then I had a bit of a wobble with a four putt on the next. I played steady after that although I was always under some pressure,” he said.
“I thought to myself surely another play-off can’t happen to me again. When I reached the 18th I was told I was only one ahead of Chilean Angel Franco who double-bogeyed the last.
“I stood in the middle of the fairway knowing I could not afford to make any mistakes on a hole I had not played well on previous occasions. Fortunately I managed to find the front part of the green and two putted from 35 feet over a ridge to secure a par.”
Meanwhile, some 20 dates have been announced for the Staysure Tour and Shacklady is already relishing the challenge.
But he will continue to compete in regional events which have brought him much success over the years.
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