Meronk targeting Pole position in Turkey

Adrian Meronk is hoping to follow up an eye-catching performance at the season-opening Barclays Kenya Open with another strong showing at the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

The 23 year old, who hails from Wroclaw in Poland, secured a top five finish in Nairobi last month in his first Challenge Tour event since turning professional at the end of last year, a result which secured his spot in the field at Gloria Golf Resort this week.

As he walked off the 18th green at Muthaiga Golf Club, Meronk actually thought he had narrowly missed an opportunity to have won the tournament after his chip for eagle lipped out, but ultimately Aaron Rai’s extraordinary final round put him well clear of the field – not that Meronk was disappointed with his week.

“I’m very pleased with the start I had in Kenya and the way I played,” he said. “Being here in Turkey is a massive bonus for me, because of finishing well in Kenya, so I’m really happy with that and I want to take advantage of it.

“I knew I was close to winning because I could see my name on the leaderboard. I thought if I made it maybe there would be a chance for a play-off, because at that time I was playing with the leader.

“But then obviously Aaron played phenomenally on the back nine so I wouldn’t have had any chance anyway, so it didn’t really matter, but I was very emotional, a little bit disappointed because I thought it was in, but like I said I’m very pleased with my performance.

“In the past I’ve always struggled on the fourth day of the tournament just because I’m not really used to it – in the past I’ve not played many tournaments that go four days, it was all three rounds.

“It’s something I’m having to get used to and I’m very happy with the way I played last month in Kenya but especially on that last day.”

Meronk started 2017 knowing he would need to rely on invites to be sure of playing opportunities but, after such a strong start to the season, he now has high hopes for the rest of the year.

“It changed my goals a little bit,” he said. “First of all I want to secure full status on the Challenge Tour, so I want to take advantage of the very first tournaments, play well and get some points, put my name up there in the Rankings.

“After that, we’ll see – I already feel very comfortable on the Challenge Tour, I’m feeling confident after Kenya. That was my first Challenge Tour event as a pro but I’m getting used to it and I think there won’t be too big an adjustment for me.”

This is the fourth staging of the Turkish Airlines Challenge, with Gloria’s New Course once again playing host, and with all three previous winners of the event – Oliver Farr from 2014, 2015 champion Rhys Davies and last year’s winner Clément Sordet – present as a strong field assembles in Belek.

This is Meronk’s first time at Gloria but from his previous visits to Turkey, he is hopeful that this can be another week to remember.

“I’ve played in Turkey before but not at this course,” he said. “I think they’re all pretty similar and I like how they are set up so I think it will be a good week for me, I’m excited to be here.”

Article from The European Tour – http://www.europeantour.com/challengetour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017718/news/newsid=325400.html

Findagolfbreak.com announce partnership with Hurley & Meronk

Findagolfbreak.com, the ultimate one stop shop for golf holidays in Ireland, the UK and Europe, have today announced the sponsorship of talented Challenge Tour players, Gary Hurley and Adrian Meronk. Whilst playing golf around the globe this season, Gary will be sporting the Findagolfbreak.com logo on his chest of all of his apparel, while Adrian will be wearing the logo on the sleeve. Findagolfbreak.com remove the hassle from your next golf break and utilise their exclusive range of contacts in order to make your trip a truly memorable occasion. With a wide range of over 250 golf break venues all over Ireland, the UK and Europe, they can tailor a package to suit every golfers needs and wants.

Hurley, from Waterford in Ireland, turned professional in September 2015. He has been competing on the Challenge Tour since then and claimed his first professional victory at the 2016 Palmares Classic V on the Algarve Pro Tour. This was followed up by his best finish on the Challenge Tour, which came at the Montecchia Open where he finished T4. Gary finished in T45 at the Barclays Kenya Open last month and will be looking to build on that performance this week at the Turkish Airlines Challenge at Gloria Golf Club.

Commenting on the announcement, Hurley said, “I am delighted to have Findagolfbreak.com on board this year as a sponsor of both mine and Adrian’s. It means a lot to have such a successful company backing me at this early stage in my golfing career.”

Adrian Meronk is Poland’s golfing star and in October 2016 decided that it was time to join the professional ranks of the game. He made his professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last year and finished in runner up spot in the Pro-Am competition, shooting an impressive -37, which left them only 1 behind the eventual winners. In March, at the Barclays Kenya Open, which was his debut on the Challenge Tour, Meronk took a share of 5th place.

“To have Findagolfbreak.com supporting me as I embark on my professional career is an honour. They are known as the best company to go to for golf breaks in Ireland and the United Kingdom and I am delighted to be associated with such a great service provider like them”, said Meronk.

“Both Gary and Adrian are fantastic talents who represent the future of European Golf. Findagolfbreak.com is delighted to be able to support both players on their journey to the top of the game. Not only are they both fantastic golfers, but they are also admirable young gentlemen on and off the golf course which is important to us”, said Simon Jackson, partner of Findagolfbreak.com. We look forward to following their progress as they compete on both the European and Challenge Tours this season”.

Polish golfer Adrian Meronk signs with Hambric Sports

Polish golfing star, Adrian Meronk has signed with Hambric Sports following on from his decision to turn professional at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he finished as runner up in the Pro-Am competition.

The 23 year old signed off on his stellar amateur days at number eight in the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Adrian’s decision to turn professional follows a fantastic year, coming fresh off his T3 individual finish at the World Amateur Team Championships in Cancun. Prior to this, Adrian shot an impressive -9 to take T9 spot at the European Amateur Golf Championships.

In June 2016, Meronk made headlines when he became the first Polish golfer to reach the British Amateur Championship quarterfinals. He was also the joint leading qualifier in the initial strokeplay stages of the tournament. 

The man from Wroclaw once again made history last year when he became the first Polish player to play in the Palmer Cup – he won three and a half points out of a possible four. Adrian is now a two time Palmer Cup player with an impressive record of 5-0-3 in his two appearances. He was also named as a PING All-American in 2016. 

In the 2014 – 2015 golfing season, Adrian received All-American honours from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team. He was named SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month for April. As well as this he was inducted into the SoCon Academic Honour Roll and won the season-opening tournament at Inverness Intercollegiate, whilst also earning co-medalist honours two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate. 

Adrian will travel to Spain and compete at the Second Stage of European Tour Qualifying School next week where he will hope to qualify for the final stage and secure a European Tour Card for the 2017 season.  

Adrian said: ‘I have had a fantastic amateur career and I feel that now is the right time for me to enter the professional ranks. It is going to be a challenge that I will relish and I am delighted that I have chosen Hambric Sports to help guide me through this new phase of my golfing career. I am confident that Hambric Sports is the right fit for me as they have a long history of signing amateur golfers when they turn professional, like myself, and growing them into major winners which is an avenue I wish to follow’.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Adrian Meronk to the close knit, Hambric Sports family. Having followed the progress of Adrian for quite some time now, we have always been impressed with him both on and off the course. Adrian is an individual with a massive amount of potential and we are so excited to be working with him, to help him grow into a successful touring pro. He had a fantastic professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and we know that this is only the beginning of his long and successful golfing career.’

Photo courtesy of Heronim Rutkowski (http://GOLFpl.com)