Scott Gregory set for England duty

Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
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Scott Gregory is determined to nail down his England place in what he hopes will be his final season as an amateur.

The Waterlooville-based talent has been selected for the new-look team for the Costa Ballena International Quadrangular Tournament in Spain on January 20-22.

Up against Finland, Germany and the hosts, England have good record in the round robin tournament and were champions in 2014 but just missed out on victory in the 2015 edition.

The Corhampton man was in the England A squad but an indifferent start to the campaign saw him struggle to break into the selection plans.

But under the new manager, Tony Moran, Gregory is planning to cap his final season as an amateur in style before he bids to turn professional towards the end of next year.

Gregory said: ‘Getting off to a slow start to the year meant I wasn’t really in the frame for a lot of the stuff.

‘I started playing well later in the year but it was probably a bit late to force my way in. It was frustrating.

‘But once you get picked, you need to be consistent to stay in the team.

‘It’s down to me to make sure I perform when I get the chance.’

Gregory will attempt to use the Qualifying School route to earn his place in the professional ranks and his schedule is already planned.

He said: ‘I’ve got it pretty much nailed down but it’s not 100 per cent towards the end of the year yet.

‘I will definitely be going to Tour School next year so I don’t want too much golf leading up to it and I want to stay fresh. But I need to be sharp as well.

‘For this season, I would like to win one of the big events but I want to be consistent and up there challenging in every tournament I play.’

While others have perhaps jumped into the professional ranks too quickly, Gregory feels that another year competing with the top amateurs will serve him well.

And he has gained some useful experience of dealing with high expectation from earlier in the year.

He said: ‘I have learned massively from what happened last year.

‘I need to turn up, play my own game and not let anything else get in the way. If I’m not quite on my game, I need to make the most of it.

‘At times, I was probably worrying too much about what other people would think.

‘When I wasn’t in the squad, I was looking at England players to see what they were doing and I was comparing myself to them.

‘Then when you are not playing so well, it can affect you.

‘But sometimes, you just need to stick to what you are doing.’

After impressing at the England squad’s winter training in Quinta do Lago in Portugal, Gregory earned his selection and is now out to cement his place early in the new year.

He said: ‘Tony (Moran) told us what we did in Portugal would have a bearing on selection.

‘I did well in the training sessions and played well so I felt fairly confident of being in the team, but it’s still nice to get the call.

‘Quinta do Lago is an amazing place.

‘The north course, in particular, is unbelievable and the practice facilities are second to none.

‘Now I’m looking forward to getting out to Spain.’