Height – 6 ft 2″
Date of birth – 3rd November 1989
Turned pro – 2011 (Plus 5)
Family – Single
Residence – Bath, England
Laurie Canter is one of the emerging talents in English Golf. He has won both the South African Amateur and Spanish Amateur Championships. As well as competing in both the Eisenhower and St. Andrews Trophy in 2010, Laurie qualified for the Open Championship through local final qualifying. After a great 2010 as an amateur Laurie made the decision to turn pro in 2011.
In 2015, Laurie secured his first European Tour card through Q-School, fulfilling a boyhood dream. He found his form at just the right time in 2015, winning the First Stage at Frilford Heath, coming fourth at the Second Stage and then taking the 20th card at the Final Stage, enduring a nerve-wracking final round to secure a place on the 2016 Race to Dubai.
In his maiden season on the European Tour in 2016, Laurie recorded finishes of T34 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Made in Denmark. He finished off his rookie season in 193rd position on the Race to Dubai rankings.
At Second Stage of European Tour Q-School for the 2017 season, Laurie came 2nd and cemented his place at Final Stage. There, Laurie shot rounds of 69, 66, 73 and 73, including holing a fantastic putt on the final green to secure his European Tour card again for the 2017 season.
Laurie’s second year out on the European Tour started off well with a T14 finish at the BMA SA Open, this was followed up by a win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in the team event and the week after, a T16 finish at the Joburg Open.
July 2017 was an exciting time for Canter as he qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He secured his tee-time after a thrilling play-off on at The Open Final Qualifying against two other players at Notts Hollinwell Golf Course.
“Obviously it will be a great week, I’m just excited to get going,” said Canter, who is in his second full year on the European Tour. “I’m definitely playing the most consistent golf I have ever played in my life, I’ve got some really good people around me now,”
Laurie shot a bogey free 67 in the morning and followed it up with a 2 under 70, to see him finish the day on -7, good enough for a tie for third with two others.
In the first sudden death hole against Italian Stefano Mazzoli and Englishman Rhys Nevin-Wharton, Canter holed a nervy 10ft to avoid elimination.
Mazzoli was knocked out of contention at the second and a third par on the trot was enough for Canter to see off Nevin-Wharton after they teed it up for a third time.
At The Open, Laurie successfuly made the cut and finished in a very respectable T37, after rounds of 70, 72, 72 and 68.
Canter finished off his 2017 European Tour season in 156th position on the Race to Dubai. He went on to compete at European Tour Qualifying School, where he finished T12 after rounds of 71, 64, 67, 75, 66 and 69 (-16). This secured Laurie’s European Tour card once again for the 2018 season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Laurie is a very accomplished tennis player and competed against the current Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray when he was younger.