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Mullen makes a solid start to 2017

Jimmy Mullen has made a solid start to 2017, with a 6th place and a 4th place finish in Portugal, on the Algarve Pro Tour.

Rounds of 67 and 74 in Jimmy's first event saw him finish 7th on 3 under par, and then in his second outing he shot 66 and 72 to finish 4th on 6 under.

Fellow BlackStar golfer Chris Selfridge shot 72 and 68 to finish 5th in the most recent event.

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Challenge Tour Grand Final spots up for grabs

Now the regular season of the PGA European Tour has  finished, the spotlight moves to the Challenge Tour which this week heads to the UAE for the Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge, this event is making its debut on the Challenge Tour Schedule. After the conclusion of this tournament the top 45 players on the rankings head to Oman next week for the season ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, where the top 15 players from the 2016 Order Of Merit gain full status on the lucrative 2017 Race To Oman.

BlackStar Golf have 3 players competing this week at Al Hamra GC, Ollie Farr. Chris Selfridge and Ryhs Enoch. Follow their progress via www.europeantour.com

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Germany and Scotland for BlackStar golfers

Marcus Faser, Michael Hoey and Stuart Manley are all in action at the BMW International Open. Marcus Fraser returns to action in Cologne after a 3 week break, then heads to the US for the Bridgestone Invitational the following week.

The Challenge Tour comes to Britain for the first time this year for the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge, where Ollie Farr, Chris Selfridge, Jimmy Mullen and Brian Casey are all in the field.

Follow all the progress through the live scoring at www.europeantour.com

 
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Austria and Belgium for BlackStar golfers.

The golf season is really now well and truly under way, this week 8 out 10 BlackStar golfers are playing.

Stuart Manley and Micheal Hoey are again playing on the main tour, this week it is the Lyoness Open in Austria, where Chris Wood who recently won the BMW PGA Championship returns to defend his title, that he won last year in such dramatic fashion.

BlackStar are represented on the Challenge Tour by 6 players, Chris Selfridge, Ollie Farr, Brian Casey, Rhys Enoch, Ben Robinson and Devon's Jimmy Mullen.

Follow the progress of BlackStar's players on Twitter and via live scoring on www.europeantour.com

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PGA European Tour, Challenge Tour and Europro Tour

 

Next week BlackStar Golf have 2 players at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, 2 players at the Challenge Tour event in the Czech Republic and 2 players at the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Burhill Valley.

Marcus Fraser and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey are both playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event is one of the biggest events on the European Tour, where  Byeong Hun An from Korea returns to defend his title he won in such dramatic fashion last year.

Chris Selfridge and Oliver Farr both go to the Czech Republic to play in the D+D Real Czech Challenge.

Jimmy Mullen and Rhys Enoch, both who finished in the top 10 in the EuroPro's opening event at Frilford Heath last week are both playing at Burhill Golf Club in the IFX International.

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Chris Selfridge finishes tied 4th in Spain.

Chris Selfridge got his 2016 campaign on the European Challenge Tour underway with a 4th place finish at the Challenge De Madrid. Chris shot rounds of 66,70,70,70 to finish on 4 under par. The event was won by Scotland's Duncan Stewart on 8 under par.

With this been only the third event of the year on the Challenge Tour Chris moves up to 20th position on the Race To Oman rankings, the top 15 players at the end of the season automatically qualify for the 2017 Race To Dubai.

Oliver Farr finished T23 on level par, Rhys Enoch T46 and Ireland's Brian Casey T58. This week the Challenge Tour moves on to Turkey at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, where Oliver Farr will be looking to win the title he won in 2015, which helped him finish 10th on the final ranking list. Ollie is joined by Brian Casey, Rhys Enoch and 2016 Walker Cup player Jimmy Mullen.

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China, Egypt and Japan for BlackStar Golfers

This week the Euroepan Tour moves to China for the Shenzhen International, where Michael Hoey returns to action.

Jimmy Mullen, Chris Selfridge, Oliver Farr and Brian Casey are all playing in the Red Sea Egypt Challenge on the European Challenge Tour.

Marcus Fraser, who currently leads the Asian Order of Merit plays in Japan on the Asian Tour in the Panasonic Open Golf Championship.

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2016 Challenge Tour Starts In Kenya

The European Challenge Tour starts its 25th season next week at the Barclays Kenya Open at Karen Golf Club, just outside Nairobi. The tour consists of 28 events, finishing at the Road To Oman, where the top 15 players will graduate on to the 2017 Race To Dubai.

BlackStar Golf will have 3 players on the tour in 2016.

Oliver Farr returns to the Challenge Tour, having finished 10th on the rankings in 2014, Ollie hopes his experiances of 2015 on the main tour, will help him make an immediate return to the 2017 race To Dubai.

Chris Selfridge from Northern Ireland played a limited schedule on the Challenge Tour last year, having turned professional in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Toledo, he played 12 events, and didnt miss a cut eventually finishing 52 on the rankings. With last years experiance of playing some events, Chris is very much looking forward to his first full season as a professional.

BlackStar's 3rd player is 22 year old Jimmy Mullen who was part of the 2015 victorious Walker Cup team, Jimmy joined BlackStar in October last year, and finished a very creditable tied 30th at the Dunhill Links Trophy. Jimmy eventually got to the Final Q School where he missed out on his full tour card, but became a full member of the Challenge Tour. Like Chris he is very much looking forward to his first full season as a Professional.

Follow the fortunes of the players on www.blackstargolf.net

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Selfridge Shines In Spain

Chris Selfridge continued his build up to start of the 2016 PGA European Challenge Tour in Spain at the recent Evolve Tour event in Spain. The 3 day event was played at the La Serena Golf Club, Chris shot rounds of 65-67-71 ( 13 under par ) to finish 2nd, two shots behind Liam Murray, the eventual winner.

Chris has been out in Spain for 3 weeks practising ahead of the Kenya Open, which is the season opening event on the Challenge Tour, he said " I have been out here now for 3 weeks and have been working very hard on all aspects of my game, my game seems pretty good at the moment, but I am now just really looking forward to getting going on the Challenge Tour, this will be my first full season as a Pro " 

The Kenya Open starts on March 17th, and Chris will be joined by fellow BlackStar golfers Oliver Farr from Burghill Valley GC and 22 year old Jimmy Mullen.

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Mullen starts 2016 in South Africa,

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Jimmy Mullen, one of stars of the 2015 winning Walker Cup team starts his first full season as Professional at the Dimension Data Pro Am on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa on Thursday.

Although Mullen made it all the way through to the final stage of the notoriously tough European Q School, his final position only guaranteed a place on the 2016 European Challenge tour. Jimmy, 22 who represents the Royal North Devon GC said 

"I put so much effort into making the Walker Cup team and did great, I then played great at the Dunhill. The year was going absolutely amazing then it all just came crashing down at the end.

But you've got to learn from it and move on. I've got to learn to play professional golf somewhere and the Challenge Tour is going to be a great place for me to start.

A lot of great players started there and I don't see the problem with me starting there and learning my trade there." 

Mullen's next event will be the season opening Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge in 3 weeks time, along with fellow BlackStar golfers Oliver Farr and Chris Selfridge

 

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Selfridge's season cruelly cut short by injury.

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Chris Selfridge's season was cruelly cut short by a wrist injury prior to the third round of the European Tour School's second stage at El Saler in Spain. Rounds of 70 and 69 had the 21 year old tied for 5th place in the event, with 18 players advancing forward from this stage, a place in the Final School was looking very probable. Prior to round 3 Chris was warming up on the range when the injury happened and he was unable to play and had to take the agonising decision to withdraw.

Although the 2015 season has ended disappointingly Selfridge has made a very impressive debut season, he turned professional in May after graduating from the University Of Toledo in Ohio and  has played 12 events on the notoriously tough European Challenge Tour and has made every cut, eventually finishing 52nd on the final rankings, this position will enable Chris to play a full schedule in 2016, and hopefully if he continues his form from this year a top 15 place in the rankings will see him graduate on to the main tour without having to go the Tour School this time next year.

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68 for Fraser and Selfridge in Round 3

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Marcus Fraser and Chris Selfridge both shot 68 today, Fraser at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open and Selfridge at the  Foshan Open on the Challenge Tour. Fraser heads in to the final round T24 and Selfridge, who needs to finish in the Top 10 to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman finished Day 3 in sole position 5th place.

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12 out of 12 for Chris Selfridge

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Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge made it 12 staright cuts in a row at the penultimate Challenge Tour event of the year in China, rounds of 69 and 70 has Chris T10 after 36 holes. The 23 year old from Moyola Park requires a Top 12 finish at the worst to move in to the Top 45 of the rankings to qualify for the season ending Race To Oman, he currently lies 56th. The Top 15 in the final rankings graduate to the 2016 European Tour.

In Hong Kong marcus Fraser shot 66 in Round 2 to head in to the weekend on 2 under par and T34th.

 

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BlackStar Golfers head East

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Marcus Fraser returns to Hong Kong this week a year after making an impressive return to action, Fraser returned to competative action after 12 months out with a wrist injury at the 2014 Hong Kong Open and finished T5th. Ollie Farr joins Fraser in the field making his first visit to Hong Kong.

Stuart Manley and Chris Selfridge play at the Foshan Open in China on the Challenge Tour, with both players trying to get in to the Top 45 of the rankings, in order to qualify for the season ending Road To Oman in 2 weeks time.

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Mullen, Selfridge and Manley play in Irish Challenge

Jimmy Mullen, who last week signed with BlackStar Golf and finished T30 in the Alfred Dunhill Links makes his debut on the Challenge Tour this week in the Irish Challenge, where he is joined by Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge who has made all ten cuts this year on the Challenge Tour, having turned Professional in May. Chris currently lies 57th on the ranking list and has 2 more events left to try and qualify for the Race To Oman, which is the Challenge Tour's final event where the top 15 players get their cards for 2016.

Stuart Manley who is 52 in the Challenge Tour rankings also plays in Ireland, and again is trying to go up the rankings to be eligible for the season ending event in Oman.

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Holland and Kazakhstan for BlackStar Golfers

Oliver Farr plays in the KLM Dutch Open this week, while Stuart Manley and Chris Selfridge travel to Kazaakhstan for the largest event on the 2015 European Challenge Tour, where the winner virtually assures himself of finishing in the Top 15 of the rankings.b2ap3_thumbnail_Chris-Selfridge.jpg 

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Chris Selfridge signs with Blackstar Golf

Chris Selfridge signs with Blackstar Golf

23 year old Chris Selfridge from Castledawson, Northern Ireland has signed with BlackStar Golf. Chris, who will leave the amateur ranks this week currently inside the Top 100 of the Amateur World Rankings, has also just graduated from the University of Toledo, Ohio with a degree in Marketing and Communications.

Chris said “I am delighted to join BlackStar Golf, and obviously will be trying to gain my full tour card for 2016 through the playing opportunities that I am hoping to have on the European Challenge Tour this year.”

Jeremy Robinson, director of BlackStar Golf said “We are extremely pleased to have signed Chris, he has had a very successful amateur career, including being the North of Ireland Amateur Champion for the past two years, along with representing Ireland in the Home Internationals since 2012. Chris has also performed very consistently over the past four years on the US College circuit where he has been Mid-American conference all first team for the past three years “

Chris will start his professional career at the D + D Real Czech Challenge on May 28th 201 at the Golf & Spa Kuneticka Hora, Dritec.

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