Yule warms up for professional challenge with victory in Spain

Jack Yule is back home in Norfolk after a successful trip to Spain. Picture: Leaderboard Photography

Jack Yule is back home in Norfolk after a successful trip to Spain. Picture: Leaderboard Photography - Credit: Archant

Jack Yule will go into his first full season as a professional with a win to his name following a successful trip to southern Spain.

The 23-year-old from King's Lynn, who joined the paid ranks in October, competed in three events on the Gecko Tour and proved his game is in good shape by claiming a victory and two top 10 finishes.

Yule got off to a disappointing start in his first tournament at La Quinta, with an opening 75 leaving him well down the leaderboard, but came storming back on day two, posting a five under 67 that left him in a tie for seventh in the 56-strong field, just two shots behind winner Sam Connor.

He then moved on to the Real Novo Sancti Petri Club, where back-to-back tournaments were being staged on different courses, and maintained the momentum by winning the first event by three shots after rounds of 68 and 72.

He improved on that total a few days later but rounds of 68 and 71 for a five under total were only good enough for third place this time around, three shots adrift of winner Daniel Whitby-Smith.

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It was an encouraging week for a player whose final season as an amateur was something of a disappointment, despite completing the domestic double by winning the Norfolk Amateur Championship at Royal West Norfolk and Norfolk Open at Thetford.

'I really enjoyed the trip to Spain and it is always nice to get a win under your belt,' he said.

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'It wasn't exactly warm, but the weather was better than it was at home and I was pleased with the way I played.

'Things seem to be coming together after making changes to my swing and now it's all about being ready for next season.'

Yule has set his sights on the third tier Europro Tour and faces his first big challenge at the end of March when he will be attempting to earn his card.

He is also considering trying to qualify for the Middle East-based Mena Tour, which has proved a happy hunting ground for Bawburgh's Andrew Marshall in recent years.

'Last season wasn't a great one for me,' Yule admitted. 'I started it with high hopes as a member of the England squad but I didn't play well and missed a lot of cuts.

'But my game is in a lot better shape now and am really looking forward to a new challenge.'

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