Coupland set to debut on European Tour

Dave Coupland.

Dave Coupland.

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Dave Coupland will fulfil a long-held ambition as he prepares play in his first European Tour event this week.

The Boston golfer will compete at the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity from tomorrow (Thursday).

And Dave hopes the four-day tournament at the Diamond CC in Atzenbrugg will serve as good experience for the future.

“I’m looking forward to playing in some European Tour events,” he told The Standard.

“It’s where I want to be playing one day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

“It will be good for me to play in a few events.

“Hopefully, I can do well.”

Dave - an honorary member of Boston Golf Club who is also presently attached to Woodhall Spa Golf Club - currently competes on the Challenge Tour, one level below the European Tour.

And he has qualified for this event in Austria - and hopefully a handful of further ones this year - after finishing in the Challenge Tour’s top 45 ranking positions last year.

Last week Dave competed in the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf as part of the Challenge Tour.

However, things didn’t go to plan for Dave at Golf Sepachersee in Lucerne.

On Thursday and Friday he shot rounds of 72 and 75 to finish on +5, missing out on the cut.

The overall winner was the USA’s Daniel Im (-11) who scooped 27,200 Euros in prize money.