Walters’ Challenge Tour work is rewarded

Justin Walters has worked hard on the Challenge Tour this season and holds 15th place on the Order of Merit after his tied 12th finish in Italy this weekend.

Having missed just one cut over his seven Challenge Tour tournaments this year, Walters has been grinding his way to success and his 15th-place position on the earnings sets him up to earn his European Tour card.

This weekend at the Challenge Provincia di Varese he shot an opening 64. He carded par or better during every round and zipped-up Sunday with a respectable two-under-par 68 to finish tied 12th at eight-under-par.

It was not a flash in the pan – Walters took a share of fifth at the Barclays Kenya Open after shooting a Sunday 67 to finish three shots back from winner Seve Benson.

Two months later he took on the Karnten Golf Open in Austria. If a Thursday 67 and a Saturday 69 weren’t enough to convince his critics, then his Sunday 63 will have done the job. His nine-under-par final round took him from 12th to third and earned him the biggest cheque of his Challenge Tour career.

But the second half of his success comes from grinding. Week-in and week-out Walters is thereabouts. Over his seven tournaments on the Challenge Tour, Walters has one missed cut, two top 30s, two top 15s, and two top-10s.

The top 20 finishers on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit receive full European Tour cards. There is a € 6,669.00 gap between Walters and the 20th spot, and with further success it seems inevitable that his card will come.

It is always expected that players will continue to grow, continue to succeed. For Walters the next step is to victory. He has knocked twice on the door, and must focus now on securing victory, and in so doing secure his spot on the European Tour next year. Either way, it’s fantastic to see another South African rising through the ranks across the pond.

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