Hillsborough pro Joe Dean sets sights on success in 2019
Hillsborough's own Joe Dean had an eventful 2018 to say the least.
He managed to finish fifth on the EuroPro Tour order of merit and secure a Challenge Tour for 2019.
With a little bit of pressure off he then won the European Tour Q-School Second Stage qualifying at Alicante.
He then played well for three days at Lumine and made the cut.
He had already ticked off three of his major goals for the year and had one last chance to make the top 25 and secure a full European Tour card for 2019.
In the end he missed out by a single shot. As heartbreaking as that may seem, the Yorkshireman is prepared to look at the bigger picture.
"Absolutely gutted to fall one shot short of a European Tour card at Q-School but looking forward to a new chapter in my career on the Challenge Tour next year.
"Thank you to everyone for your support and kind messages over this year and especially the last couple of weeks," he posted on Twitter.
Just making the cut at Q-School has massively improved his Challenge Tour status.
“The aim at the start of the week was to make the last two rounds. That target was ticked," he said.
"If you have a look at how many players have gone through Tour School, and gone through EuroPro straight up to the top league, they haven’t done so well.
“The guys that have done the best have had one, two or three years of Challenge Tour and then moved up.
“As nice as getting straight onto the main tour is, on the flipside, I would like to have a couple of years on the Challenge Tour just to get used to the travelling and everything else involved with it.”
Everyone at Hillsborough will be wishing Joe all the best as he aims for for more success in 2019.