Sharvin cut in Victorian PGA; set for European Tour debut in Perth

Cormac Sharvin at the announcement of Flogas as his first commercial sponsor. Picture/Golffile

Rookie Cormac Sharvin is finding life in the professional ranks to be no walk in the park after he added a 75 to his opening 76 to miss the cut in the Mercedes Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship at Huntingdale.

One of GB&I's Walker Cup heroes and regarded as one of the most talented players to emerge from the amateur ranks in recent years, the Ardglass talent missed out on his professional debut in the Oates Vic Open last week.

At Huntingdale, he was under pressure after his first round 76 and while a front nine of 39 scuppered his hopes of making the level par cut, he battled to the finish with three back nine birdies erased by three bogeys. Scores

Having signed with IMG, Sharvin will make his European Tour debut on an invitation in the $1.75m Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth from February 25-28.

He will be joined there by Michael Hoey with Paul Dunne currently on the reserve list.

 John Rooney, managing director, Flogas Ireland and Cormac Sharvin. Picture: Golffile

John Rooney, managing director, Flogas Ireland and Cormac Sharvin. Picture: Golffile

Sharvin is fortunate he's picked up a big sponsor at the start of his career with Flogas jumping at the chance to back a player who appears destined for big things despite his slow start.

John Rooney, managing director, Flogas Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Cormac in his ambitions to become a successful professional golfer. Flogas is an Irish-owned company operating on an all-Ireland basis, much like golf, and we have big ambitions as an energy company, in the way that Cormac has great ambitions to make his mark in professional golf.”

Cormac said: “I’m really excited to be turning professional and very grateful to Flogas for their support and faith in me, at the beginning of my career.

"I am fully aware of the significant costs that can be incurred by every touring professional, which is why this sponsorship deal is so important to me, taking some of the financial worries away, allowing me to concentrate on developing my game and being as competitive as possible.”