Fruit-picking golfer targets Europe
TWEED golfer Sheridan Gorton will have one eye on the European Pro tour when she takes to the course in Hong Kong on June 10.
The Hong Kong tournament, part of the Asian Ladies Golf Tour, is Gorton’s first step towards joining the European Tour after turning professional in October last year.
Gorton, who moonlights as a fruit picker to pay her way in golf, is confident of a good result in Hong Kong.
“I’m in it to win it in Hong Kong and anything can happen, hopefully luck is on my side,” Gorton said.
“The key is being patient and trusting myself; I know I need to be patient, but I know I can compare to these girls.”
It’s been a long journey for Gorton, 21, who begun playing at three years of age in her hometown of Murwillumbah, where she still lives.
She has played in eight professional tournaments, has won tournament championships in NSW, and was playing off a handicap of plus four prior to turning professional.
Her dream of becoming world Number One begins with a European tour qualifier in Casablanca, Morocco, later this year, which she hopes will lead her to a future spot on the professional US tour.
“This is the first step of my journey, the European tour is the second step, and the final step is the US tour,” Gorton said.
“It’s a tough road, but if I get my European tour card, it will give me so many opportunities.”
Gorton will play lead-up events including the Norfolk Island Pro in August and an Australian Tour tournament in New Zealand in November.
A fundraiser to help Gorton will be held at the Murwillumbah Golf Club on October 9 and the young star is seeking sponsors to help her compete on the professional tour.