Paul Shields earns backing after SGSL snub

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• Paul Shields part of seven-strong Team Scottish Hydro for 2016
• The backing comes two months after snub from SGSL
• Six others: Law, Murray, Doherty, Stewart, Pretswell & Watson


Paul Shields has been announced as one of the seven players comprising Team SSE Scottish Hydro for 2016 – just two months after being turned down for funding from Scottish Golf Support Limited (SGSL).

The Kirkhill player, who earned his Challenge Tour card last season after an impressive showing at European Tour Q School, took to Twitter in February after his disappointment from the Scottish Government-backed SGSL, but was unveiled as one of Paul Lawrie’s stable of supported pros just two days later.

And Shields was delighted to receive further backing from Team SSE Scottish Hydro ahead of his second Challenge Tour start of the season in Egypt next week.

In addition to Shields, David Law is also part of Team SSE Scottish Hydro for the first time, with the Aberdonian about to begin his third successive season on the Challenge Tour.

Fifer George Murray and Ayshire man Jack Doherty are receiving support for the fourth year running as they both bid to regain cards on the European Tour, while Duncan Stewart is part of the set up for a third year.

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Like Murray and Doherty, Lanark-born Pretswell is part of Team SSE Scottish Hydro for the fourth year running, two years more than Watson, the other Ladies European Tour player receiving support this season.

Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship & Reward at SSE said: "We are pleased to continue to do more to support some of Scotland's talented professional golfers and we welcome David and Paul to the programme.

“Over the past five years, Team SSE Scottish Hydro players have won two Ladies European Tour events, three European Challenge Tour events and seven players have won their full European Tour card and we hope that, in some way, SSE has made a difference and helped them to achieve this."

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