‘Support is a huge boost,’ says Nicol
NORTH-EAST golfer Kris Nicol is being tipped for a bright future thanks to continued backing from leading oil and gas engineering consultancy PD&MS Energy.
The Aberdeen-based business is providing sponsorship for the second year in a row. And Nicol, who is also supported by the Paul Lawrie Foundation, is planning to make 2013 a year to remember.
In 2012, Nicol competed on the Alps Tour in his first year as a professional. Travelling across Europe and North Africa, including courses in Austria, France, Morocco and Spain, he finished 41st in the order of merit. His highest finish last year was eighth at the Valle d’Aosta Open in Italy.
The Alps Tour is a ‘feeder’ to the sport’s Challenge Tour, which in turn can lead to a European Tour card. In order to progress to the Challenge Tour, a top-five finish in the Alps’ order of merit is required.
Nicol, 28, has recently returned from two weeks of competition in Egypt where he finished 22nd and 19th respectively at the first two events of this season’s Alps Tour.
Next up for the young Scot are events in Spain and France where he hopes to build upon the experience he gained last year. He is confident of securing a high finish this year to potentially earn a place in the 2014 Challenge field.
Nicol, originally from Fraserburgh, said: “I cannot thank PD&MS Energy enough for this opportunity. Their support has been a terrific confidence boost and allowed me to compete without having to worry about additional pressures off the course. This means I can focus solely on my golf.”