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Imagine Golf Club's Rob Lee on Estanislao Goya and what it takes to graduate as a Pro Golfer

Posted Mar 24, 2009 by Rob Lee

Estanislao Goya

              The European Tour is gradually making it's way back to the mainland, last week was the annual visit to the island of Madeira or to be exact, Porto Santo, which is much smaller than the mainland and which hosted the tour for the first time.  The Seve Ballesteros designed course was buffeted by stiff breezes through the week and as it was a clifftop layout the wind certainly played its part.  Madeira has always been a chance for lesser known players to make a name for themselves and that certainly was the case this week:  Argentina have unearthed another champion in the shape of Estanislao Goya.  He graduated from the Challenge Tour last year and at 20 years of age, must be well ahead of schedule in his climb to the top of world golf.  Mind you, it sometimes appears that if you don't win before you are 20, somehow you have missed the boat.  It is easy to get caught up in “teenagers rule the world” but if you consider you can play top class golf into your 40's, anybody who hasn't won yet on tour has plenty of time.

              Now the number 100 was significant this week for two reasons.  Firstly, it was the 100th win from a challenge tour graduate on tour.  Once again endorsing the value of the experience gained playing week in week out against young hungry golfers trying to work their way onto the race to Dubai and Goya only required 100 putts for the week which is an average of 25 putts per day.  Particularly impressive when you consider it wasn't exactly flat calm.  It may seem that the Argentine has come from nowhere but in his short time as a pro he won the Tour de las Americas Q School by an incredible 9 shots.  Then he won the Tour de las Americas order of merit, followed by graduation to our main tour via the challenge tour in which he won the grand final (birdying 4 of the last 5 holes) and now he's a winner on the race to Dubai. 

              There can't be many players who have started their careers more impressively.  The future looks very bright especially when you consider his new winners category allows him to pick and choose a bit more and he will get in all the big events on tour.  It must however be noted that after looking comfortable for the win, in the end he had to hole a tricky 8 footer for first prize because of the efforts of Scot, Callum Macaulay who finished incredibly.  Looking like finishing in the pack with 6 to go, Macaulay played the last half dozen in 6 under par to come back in 28 blows which earned him a large Gregory Peck and valuable Race to Dubai points.

              On the challenge tour another Argentine and an even younger one, Alan Wagner (born 19 years ago) won in South America, Bogota, which means he is well on his way to earning his card via the challenge tour.  I must assume the conversation between Goya and Wagner on Monday was a jaunty affair and why not?

- Robert

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