Heysham’s golfing star is hoping to cap a spectacular return to form by sealing a place at this year’s Open Championship.
By his own admission Jack Senior endured a difficult 2013 as he missed a host of cuts but he has now rediscovered the form that saw him impress as an amateur in the Walker Cup.
The 25-year-old has two wins to his name on the third tier EuroPro Tour this year and finished tied fourth in the Challenge Tour’s Scottish Hydro Challenge at the weekend in one of the finest performances of his professional career.
And having carded a six under par final round at Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday he is hoping to take that kind of form into final qualifying for The Open Championship on Tuesday, at Hillside Golf Club, Southport.
He tees off at 8.15am knowing a good performance over the 36 holes will see him realise a dream.
He said: “It’s a big, big deal but at the end of the day it’s where you want to be.
“It’s like the World Cup, every footballer wants to play there because it’s the world stage.
“The Open is like that for golfers.
“How many times do you hear kids on the putting greens say they’ve got a four-footer for the Open Championship.
“It’s what you aspire to.”
After a torrid year on the Challenge Tour in 2013 Senior has won both the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters and Kerry London Championship as well as picking up a second place to top the EuroPro order or merit having won more than £25,000 in prize money.
His fine performance in Scotland also places him 43rd on the Challenge Tour order of merit despite only being invited to two events.
He said: “I’m going to try and get as many invites as possible.
“I’m 43rd on the order of merit and I’ve only played two events.
“The top 15 get on the European Tour next year and the top 70 get a Challenge card.
“I’m playing better golf. My confidence is coming back. I never stopped working hard with Ryan (Done, club professional) at Heysham and the results are starting to come.”
The former amateur star is brutally honest in his assessment of the 2013 season and is delighted to have come through the tough patch.
Senior said: “Last year was difficult.
“I had some bad experiences on the golf course.
“Golf is a fickle game and everyone has an opinion and you start to doubt yourself when you’re missing 13 cuts.
“It’s a confidence game. I didn’t fall out of love with it last year but it’s hard when you’re not playing well.
“And now when I look at how I’m playing I wonder why I was worried.
“It’s about finding form and I never doubted it would come back but you don’t know when it’s going to come.
“I’m feeling a lot more positive.”
After the 36 holes on Merseyside on Tuesday, Senior heads straight out to Germany on Wednesday for the Challenge Tour’s Aegean Airlines event at the Hartl Resort, Bad Griesbach, Germany.
Keep checking www.thevisitor.co.uk to keep updated on Senior’s progress.