Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS4m in Tour Winnings Shows There Is Always a Way Back

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS4m in Tour Winnings Shows There Is Always a Way Back

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Byline: Tim Taylor

WITH Chris Paisley heading for the uncertainty of Q School, having lost his card in his first season on the European Tour, he can take heart from the encouraging prediction of a man who has overcome even hairier moments.

At 35, Graeme Storm has risen from tough times in his early twenties.

Next season will mark his tenth successive year on a tour that has brought him PS4.4m in winnings, more than any other golfer in the North East and Cumbria.

He has also matured into the go-to guy living in the region for top of the range venues and manufacturers who want to add a little extra to their brand.

TaylorMade, who sponsor the De Vere Slaley Hall Academy, have chosen the former French Open champion to present a masterclass at the opening of their tuning centre at Slaley tomorrow.

At the start of this month Storm, affiliated to Rockliffe Hall, was one of the driving forces supporting the success the team at Steve Gibson's five-star resort achieved in hosting the English Senior Open for the first time.

It was a different story when Storm turned pro after an amateur career which encompassed the British Amateur title, the winning putt in a Walker Cup and becoming the region's first player to lift the McGregor Trophy, the England Under-16 Open. Storm, from Hartlepool, lost his Tour card in his own debut season, 2001, and failed to get it back three times in a row. A ten-week spell either side of Christmas 2002 was as bad as it got.

He endured the bleakest of midwinters working outside a cake factory, using a jet spray to blast clean steel trays containing the solid remains of cakes baked in ovens.

The parents of his then girlfriend and future wife, Sara Mullender, lent him PS10,000 to provide the base to launch a two-year comeback on the Challenge Tour, two wins within six weeks in 2004 restoring his European Tour card. …

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