Ewen Ferguson reflects on a solid start to Challenge Tour season

It’s been a very encouraging start for me on the Challenge Tour this season and it’s definitely been helped by the work I’ve been doing with my new coach, Kevin Craggs.

Kevin, who is also currently working with Colin Montgomerie, Catriona Matthew and Paula Creamer, really is terrific and what I really like about him is that he is so positive. If you show any sign of negativity, he gets you out of it straight away and I like that. He makes you believe in yourself and I think that is showing in my golf at the moment. Long may that continue.

My Challenge Tour campaign started brilliantly as I finished joint-fourth in the Turkish Airlines Challenge at Gloria Golf Club, a beautiful tree-lined course in Belek. I then had another top-10 finish in the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort and, at the end of a five week run of tournaments, I am sitting 32nd in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

I was buzzing in Turkey. I was in contention all the way around on the last day and just had a bad last hole, which was unfortunate. Nonetheless, it was great to be in that position again, especially on a stage like the Challenge Tour, and hopefully I won’t have to wait long to be in the mix again.

I really do have the hunger for it again and I definitely think my performances so far this season have been helped by the fact I know feel comfortable on the Challenge Tour.

I’ve played with so many different people now and I know loads of people out on the circuit, something that obviously wasn’t the case when I was starting out. It feels quite homely, to be honest, and there’s no doubt that helps you feel more comfortable when you are at events.

It also helps, of course, that there are a lot of Scots on the Challenge Tour at the moment and I am just loving the banter we have.

We are all looking forward to the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and no-one is more excited about that event at Macdonald Spey Valley in Aviemore than me. I’ve had to pull out it the last two years after hurting myself in a practice round so I am eager to make up for lost time in the event.

I’m doing a lot of work in the gym to make myself stronger so that I don’t pick up any more injuries and hopefully that keeps paying off.

I have already managed to secure a number of additional starts for the rest of the season and the plan now is to keep it going and have a really strong campaign. My target over the coming few weeks is to try and nail down starts at the end of the season for events in Kazakhstan and China as they are the ones that can make the difference.

Like everyone else, I was delighted for Liam Johnston after he won the Andalucia – Costa Del Sol Match Play 9 event. He said on the range in Spain that he was striping it and it is amazing what confidence does. I hope I’m the next Scot to become a Challenge Tour winner and I can’t wait to get back out on the road again after a week at home.

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