Sam Hutsby felt there was reason for encouragement despite seeing his hopes of a sparkling Jubilee weekend ended after he missed the halfway cut in the ISPS Handa Wales Open.
The 23-year-old former Lee-on-the-Solent man carded a gritty level par 71 on day two of the European Tour event at Celtic Manor.
But it was a disastrous 12-over-par 83 on day one that cost him any real hope of sticking around for the weekend as he toiled in the tough scoring conditions.
Hutsby said: ‘It was a terrible day on Thursday. The course was pretty tough, it played so long and the greens were not rolling as true as they can but the wind was 20-30mph and it made it so difficult.
‘I double-bogeyed my second and third hole so I was on the back foot and I tried to fight back a bit too hard, which cost me and I dropped a lot of shots.
‘I knew I had to shoot a ridiculous number in round two to make the cut. Quite a few guys withdrew after a big first score but I wanted to post a respectable score and take it into next week.’
Hutsby turned in a solid front nine with just one birdie and eight pars on the monstrous 2010 Ryder Cup course in south Wales.
But two dropped strokes in four holes just past the turn saw him slip back before he traded a birdie and a bogey on the 15th and 17th respectively.
He finished in style with a birdie four on the par-five 18th, going for the 600-yard closing hole in two after a beast of a drive.
While Hutsby missed right with his second shot, he splashed out of the bunker to within a few feet and tapped home to send him into next week’s tournament in Sweden in much better heart.
He said: ‘You’re going to have days when things don’t go your way as happened on Thursday and I wanted to improve.
‘You can always spit the dummy out after a bad round but it doesn’t get you anywhere. I thought if I could have been three or four under through five holes, I might have had a chance of making the cut.
‘But I found something in my swing, I worked on it and I hit some really nice shots out there. I feel much more positive after that.’