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In conversation with Dave Coupland: European Tour golfer

Phil Parkinson, Partner and Head of Commercial Law at Blacks, in conversation with Dave Coupland, European Tour golfer.

Dave’s story is a great one; a tale of persistence and hard work, working towards the dream. In November 2019, Dave came through the very tough Q School to be one of only 25 players from the qualifying process to get his European Tour card for 2020. Phil spoke with Dave as he prepared for the Australian PGA Championship in December.

Getting into golf

For Dave, he remembers how his dad had been pestered by colleagues to start playing, after they had just found the sport. Dave was taken to the green alongside his dad at the age of 12, and there the interest developed. Throughout school, Dave continued to play golf in his spare time and soon after started an Apprenticeship in Golf Greenkeeping and Groundsmanship.

As his skills developed, so did the opportunities and he had to make the life-changing decision of whether or not to go golfing full-time. In December 2006 he did just that and hasn’t looked back.

Q School and qualifying for the European Tour

There were over 1,000 golfers who aimed to get into the top 25 to get their European Tour card, with a gruelling qualification process including six rounds on the final stage.

When it came to the final stage at Q School, Dave opened up about his general sense of calm. He said that he had a good plan in place; he knew his processes and did the same thing every day, including eating the same foods.

Doing this and playing sensibly, he believes were key to his success.

Goals and 2020 plan

When discussing his goals for 2020, he made it clear that he wanted to “keep playing right”. He shared his aspirations of being named “Rookie of the Year” and playing in the grand final (the Race to Dubai) at the end of year.

Most of all, he noted the importance of doing “what’s best for you”, which in his case is ensuring that he starts well and doesn’t have to worry at the rear end of the season.

Working with Underpin Sports

As part of his recent journey, he has worked alongside Underpin Sports, as a client of Blacks, to improve his game.

When asked about Underpin, he called them “fantastic” and that they offered something he knew he wanted to be a part of.  He recognised that they “instantly bought into each other’s thinking”.

Although Dave still sees being a European Tour Player as “unbelievable”, he assures everyone that he is the same person; “I’m just the guy from the local golf club”.

Same guy or not, Blacks Solicitors would like to wish Dave the very best of luck for the upcoming year and for the future.


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