Monday, January 25, 2010

Graeme Webster, left, designer of the nine-hole golf course, practice facilties and driving bays which make up the Aspire Golf Centre, near Aberdeen, with the owner, John Duthie, shortly before the complex opened in June 2004 (image by Cal Carson Golf Agency).

Craig Lee "Aspires" to climb up

tour pro ladder once again

Craig Lee, last season’s Tartan Tour No 1, is hoping a season of cross-border raids in 2010 can help him climb back up the professional ladder.
The 32-year-old from Stirling, who played on the European Tour just two years ago, will divide his time between the Scottish circuit and the
third-tier PGA Europro Tour, which holds the majority of its events in England.
Lee, who also has starts in the BMW PGA championship, the Barclays Scottish Open and the Johnnie Walker championship to look forward to this year, still harbours ambitions of returning to the main tour and is willing to go back to basics in an effort to achieve his goal.
“I’m going right back to the bottom again but I think that’s the best way to climb up the ladder,” said Northern Open winner Lee, who has signed
an attachment with the Aspire Golf Centre near Aberdeen.
“There will be weeks when I’m up and down the road from Scotland but the schedule should
work out fine.
“The Europro Tour gives me a chance of moving up to the Challenge Tour at the end of the year. While I’ll always try the European Tour’s qualifying school, it’s a bit of a lucky dip and I believe working through the ranks again is the way forward.”
When he is not involved in competitive action, Lee will be able to fall back on some consultancy
work and custom-fitting through his attachment with Aspire, the North- east facility which has
blossomed into one of the country’s leading golf centres since opening five years ago.
He added: “I will be representing Aspire on the tours but the work I do for them will also give
me some form of wage and should be enough to cover me at events. That’s a big help and allows
me to focus on the playing side.”



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