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Manchester Evening News: Jacob Oakley on life on tour
Article posted: 28 March 2019

I think I’m good enough to compete over there and the ambition has to be to finish in the top five in the Order of Merit to get a card for the Challenge Tour.

- Jacob Oakley

Since I turned pro at the end of last year you could say life has been a bit more hectic than it used to be! 

I’ve played in a lot of events on the Portugal Pro Tour, spent time in Turkey and played a lot in the Middle East on the MENA Tour and now I’ve got a couple of weeks at home. 

I went to Portugal on January 3, stopped off at home for eight hours at the end of January and I was gone again for another month and a half. The family were happy to see me and it was long enough to get some washing done! 

On the whole, I’d say it’s been a successful time. I got some status on the Alps Tour at the end of last year and it was good to play some competitive stuff in Portugal, where I was sharing and practicing with my fellow ISM client Billy Spooner, who is on the Challenge Tour – Europe’s second-tier tour - this year.

After Portugal I some time practising at Gloria Golf in Antalya before going to MENA Tour Qualifying School. I was happy to get my card for the MENA Tour there and I’ve played some nice golf in there in tough conditions, although I haven’t always scored as well as I’d have liked.

The standard is good, and I’ve played with plenty of guys who have been out on tour for a while and I feel I can compete. 

It’s a little bit like the first day at a new school when you start playing on a new tour but I know a few of the lads from the amateur circuit and have been sharing with another ISM lad Mitch Waite, who is a good mate, which makes everything easier. 

Since I turned pro, I’ve learnt that I need to have more belief about my game because I’m better than I thought I was. My skill-set isn’t any worse than some of the players that are competing out there and I’m playing alongside better players which can only help my game. 

Everything I’ve experienced over the last couple of months tells me I made the right decision to turn professional when I did. 

I’ve been totally fine travelling and everything has been very smooth so that aspect has been great too although the Cheesecake Factory is about as adventurous as I get food-wise. 

I’ve got a few weeks at home now - I don’t really know what to do with time off! – and I’m playing some local 1836 Tour events. 

The first tournament on the Alps Tour is April 17 in Pescara in Italy. I’ve never been to Italy before and I’m looking forward to travelling again, playing different courses and going to new countries. 

I think I’m good enough to compete over there and the ambition has to be to finish in the top five in the Order of Merit to get a card for the Challenge Tour.

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