EUROPEAN Tour player Marcus Armitage says he feels “hugely privileged” to have been made an honorary life member of Howley Hall Golf Club.
Armitage said: “I’ve been at Howley Hall for 13 years and it is very special to me. I can’t thank the directors and members of the club enough.”
He joins former European Tour players Paul Carrigill and Danny Denison in being recognised, and club President John Winn said: “Marcus is a very unassuming lad and when told of the honour given to him for his achievements within the great game of golf he was typically overwhelmed.
“He always promotes Howley Hall Golf Club when on Tour and for that we are very grateful and we wish Marcus the very best of luck for his future years in the game and hope he is able to continue to strive to achieve even greater success.”
His first year as a fully-fledged European Tour player has thrown down some challenges, but Armitage remains optimistic about being able to move up from his position outside of the top 150 in the Race to Dubai.
He said: “I’ve had some personal issues to deal with away from the course, but they are behind me now and I’m looking forward to a strong finish to the year.
“For a while I was out there and, to be honest, didn’t know what I was doing. At times I just didn’t want to play.
“But I’m excited about the last part of the season. I just need one big week and there are still some big events like the Dunhill and the Italian with big prize money so I’m optimistic,” he told Yorkshire Golfer.
With the exception of a few, the multiple Challenge Tour winner doesn’t feel intimidated by the players he now faces week-in and week-out.
“I’m impressively unimpressed if that makes sense,” he continued. “The top 10 in Europe are in a different league, but I don’t feel overawed by the majority of the guys I play with. Yes, there are some very steady golfers, plodders really, but they are not the super humans that I expected to come up against. But what they are good at is getting it round. Sometimes when I sign their scorecards I can’t believe they have shot the score they have and that has been a great learning experience for me.”
“They are not that impressive to watch, but what is impressive is the score they sign for. The way they get it round and take their chances when they come along and just keep rolling in those five- to six-footers is the reason they are eating at the top table of European golf. If I hit a wedge to 20ft or so I’m disappointed and get down on myself, but they just carry on, accept the shot they have hit and try to hole the putt.”
“So it’s still something of a learning experience for me as has been the travelling.
“It sounds glamorous, but flying to so many different parts of the world and the time changes can really take it out of you. But despite everything I have really enjoyed my debut season on the European Tour and wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”