Published: 06:00, 16 October 2020
It’s a big week for Sheerness Golf Club’s new professional Ben Pullen.
The 24-year-old is currently competing in Q School, looking to win himself a full season on the 2020/21 PGA EuroPro Tour. Final stages are taking place this week at Studley Wood Golf Club and the Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel and Spa.
He’s already guaranteed to be competing at half of the events. A top-30 finish in Oxfordshire, from 192 competing, would mean he gets to complete a full playing schedule on the tour. It might also help him get much-needed financial support for a season that could cost £25,000.
Pullen, from Halfway, is on top form at present. Back in August he clinched the Sheerness Golf Club championship for the third time, winning by six shots. He’s also broken the course record.
Lewis Barker, who has been playing at the club for 27 years, said: “I have never seen anything like him before. He has broken all our club records and has won the club’s championship three times. This is totally unheard of. He’s building up a massive following.
“The boy is so dedicated and one of the best prospects I’ve ever seen.”
Pullen, who plays off plus three, has been at Sheerness since he was young, introduced by his father Peter.
He went to golf college as a teenager and turning pro has been his no.1 ambition. It’s now a reality.
He said: “I had been playing well and people kept asking me if I was going to give it a go and now I have. It’s what I have wanted to do since leaving college but before now the lack of funding meant I wasn’t able to do it.
“I love golf and it would be amazing to do it as a job. I am just going to take it one year at a time, progress through the tours and try and be the best that I can be.”
Pullen has already booked himself on the winter series in Spain. The main season starts in early May and his performance this week will determine just how much he will be involved.