Confident Gregory ready to tee-off new campaign

Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

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Scott Gregory is eager to make a statement to the rest of amateur golf as he prepares to start his 2015 individual campaign.

The Corhampton man enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014 with his fabulous run to the final of the English Amateur Championship last summer.

But it was no flash in the pan as the Waterlooville-based talent registered a string of victories, which earned him England selection.

Now he goes into the first big tournament of the year – this week’s Spanish Amateur Championship at Sherry Golf Jerez near Cadiz – determined to add to his growing reputation.

Gregory, who was runner-up in The News’ Sports Awards 2014 sportsman of the year category, said: ‘I’m looking forward to kicking off the new season. I’m feeling pretty confident.

‘The courses out there are better suited to my game.

‘I hit the ball quite high, so with the humidity it means if you hit it higher, you can hit it further.

‘In Spain, if you hit the fairway, you get a flat lie.

‘They are smaller greens but I have done a lot of work with my short irons and mid irons to try to get to the pins.

‘Last year I never dreamt I would get to the final of the English Amateur.

‘It’s not a course or a tournament where I would have expected to do well because it was a links course.

‘Through that tournament, I gained confidence and it made me think I could actually do it.

‘After that, it gave me massive confidence. I finished second in the English Amateur and then second was my worst finish of the next four events, so that wasn’t too bad.

‘But now I’ve got plenty of goals for the new season and things I want to achieve.

‘I’ve got more belief now. I used to think I could win and compete against the best players but now I have actually done it.

‘It means I can go into every tournament believing I can win and this one is no different.’

Hayling’s Ben Wall also expected to be in the field in Spain as the pair attempt to emulate former Lee-on-the-Solent man Sam Hutsby in lifting the coveted crown.

Hutsby beat Italian star Edoardo Molinari 7&6 in the 2006 final.

Meanwhile, Neil Raymond also enjoyed a productive run in the tournament in 2013, although he eventually lost in the final to Irishman Reeve Whitson.

But Gregory believes he has made huge strides over the past year and has improved all aspects of his game.

He added: ‘When I look back at the past year, I can see the improvement I have made and it is massive.

‘It’s actually a bit scary when you look back.

‘It might not look like much from the outside but, as a person, I can see it and that is very exciting going forward.’