EUROPEAN Tour professional Bradley Neil has welcomed grassroots support in his rookie season rubbing shoulders with the world’s best golfers.

He was speaking at Blairgowrie Golf Club, where he was being presented with his own parking space in recognition of becoming the first Perth and Kinross player for nearly 40 years to secure a Tour card.

Bradley’s bag carries the Graham Environmental Services logo this year and everyone in the team is keeping an eye on his progress.

He said: “Getting my own parking space is a lovely gesture by the club. I have been a member here since I was eight and they have done so much for me, including honorary membership for winning The Amateur at Royal Portrush.”

Bradley admits support on the home front has boosted his confidence, with group directors Ross and Stuart Graham and Phil McKenna long-time supporters.

“I’ve had support from TaylorMade and Adidas since I was a youngster but it’s been great to have the backing of local businesses like Graham Environmental Services and Lamb and Gardiner,” said Bradley.

“Blair isn’t a big place and it is special to have support from companies in and around the town. I’m in a relationship with people I trust and they know me well. They were there for me long before I turned pro.

“Phil caddied for me at The Masters and Stuart has been a big part of my life ever since I started golfing at three years old. Ross has been a big support for a decade and more.

“They have never put pressure on me and I know they are there for me. It meant a lot that they got on board by sponsoring my bag on Tour.”

Blairgowrie club captain Brian Wesencraft said: “We wanted to recognise Bradley’s latest achievement, which certainly enhances the reputation of the golf club. Members are proud of what he has done in his career and at just 22 we hope to be following his progress for years to come.”

Bradley parking space