Coupland is aiming to be the wizard in Aus

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DAVID Coupland will fly out to Australia this week as he launches his bid to land a place on next year’s European Tour.

DAVID Coupland will fly out to Australia this week as he launches his bid to land a place on next year’s European Tour.

The Boston golfer missed out on a place on this year’s tour after missing the cut at the qualifying stage. But the 24-year-old – who competed at The 2007 Open at Carnoustie – has vowed to earn his place competing against some of the world’s elite.

“I was absolutely gutted. I was trying my hardest to get through but it just didn’t happen,” he said after missing out at last month’s tour school in London. But it was a bit of a spontaneous decision to enter the qualifiers. This year I’m making it my plan to go there and qualify.”

On Sunday, Coupland will pack his golf bag and fly out to Melbourne, where he will set up camp for the next four months.

He has been chosen to represent the English Golf Union Down Under as, each year, they send a representative to play for Waverley GC.

There the Boston Golf Club member and England squad player will play up to eight league contests for his newly-adopted club, as well as spending his spare time attempting to improve his game. He will also take part in singles competitions, including the Riverdale Cup and Australian Amateur events in Melbourne, plus the Tasmanian Open.

He is also hoping to be selected to represent the EGU in their upcoming Ashes contest against golfers from Australia.

In December, Coupland, of Bain Road, headed off to the European Tour qualifiers, where the first round was held at Kent’s The London Club.

He finished the four rounds four under par, but in a close field this was only enough for 25th place - the top 23 golfers progressing. Coupland has already shown he has the nerve to compete in qualifying events as he succeeded in booking his place at The Open four years ago. Competing in Scotland he played the first two rounds, teeing off with American Vaughn Taylor and Aussie Peter Fowler, before missing out on the half-way cut.