European Tour remains Dave’s long-term goal

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Dave Coupland will return to the European Challenge Tour tomorrow - and he is aiming for his most successful golfing year to date.

The 2015 tour begins tomorrow (Thursday) with the Barclays Kenya Open at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club.

“My main goals have changed slightly this year,” admitted Coupland, who believes he will improve upon last year’s debut season on the tour.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself and I’ll take it one tournament at a time.

“But I do feel better than last year, more comfortable in my surroundings and on the courses.”

Indeed, after booking his place at the European Tour’s qualifying school last year, the 29-year-old is determined to go even further after gaining a year’s worth of valuable experience.

“I want to finish in the top 15 in the Order of Merit, at least,” he added.

“My main aim is the top 10 and qualifying for the European Tour.”

Coupland’s debut season looks likely to afford him five rounds on the European Tour this year, although he is still awaiting confirmation.

In the meantime, his attention is now on the Kenya Open.

Last year Coupland scooped 1,540 Euros after finishing in joint 29th place.

He completed the four rounds on -2.

Coupland is currently climatising to the altitude differences in Africa.

He added: “Because you are so high above sea level the ball travels further.

“It’s something you have to get used to, but I did ok last year.

“I think it will help me this year knowing that I have already spent a year on the tour.

“I now know what to expect when I arrive at places and know the courses better.

“I made my first cut at Kenya last year and picked up some money.

“It was a good feeling and hopefully I can do even better this year.

“You can’t take anything for granted.

“But I’ll always go out there looking to do my best in any tournament.”