England and Wales (North) Region
19 Dec 18
David Shacklady described his maiden victory in his first season on the Staysure Tour as “surreal".
And the 51-year-old not only made his mark by winning the VTB Senior Russian Open but found himself a lot of new pals.
“They were all upfront and friendly from the start,” reflected the long-time attached Mossock Hall professional. “Most of them had enjoyed a darn sight more success than I’d had but we were all pegging it up on an even playing field.
“I told myself as I was building confidence to find my feet that if I played well there was no reason why I could not win. I knew that by grinding out a few decent scores and getting into the top ten there was always a chance.
“I worked hard on being patient. I played all my practice rounds with Paul Streeter and I knew there was no point in hitting balls on the range all day because I’d just burn myself up.”
Shacklady made the breakthrough he craved when he won in Russia by two strokes at Moscow Country Club, finishing on eight-under-par and two strokes in front of Welsh pair Stephen Dodd and Phillip Price.
“My aim was to keep my card and I did that comfortably,” he enthused as he racked up three top 20 finishes before his Russian success.
Shacklady dedicated his victory to John O’Connor, a friend and former colleague at Ormskirk Golf Club and also spent time with his coach Simon Edwards.
“He put a plan together and he helped my massively to get on the tour. He’s travelled a lot to see me and we speak every week and he’s also sent me videos so I could work on his ideas.”
Shacklady will stay loyal to the PGA North Region, having won the Order of Merit on four occasions, the last one before he joined the Staysure Tour.
He added: “There were a lot of PGA members on the tour which featured 12 different countries and included Paul Eales and Paul Wesselingh.”