Paul Wesselingh Named Senior Tour Rookie Of The Year
By Jake O'Reilly
26 November 2012 14:51
John Letters’ latest staff player Paul Wesselingh has been crowned the European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year, with one event still remaining.
The 51-year-old secured a maiden victory and six other top-10 finishes in 14 appearances in 2012, and is currently fifth in the Order of Merit heading into the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.
“This is the highlight of my career,” said the Englishman, who enjoyed a successful career as a club professional at Kedleston Park before joining the Senior Tour. “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’m living the dream playing on the Senior Tour.”
Wesselingh teamed up with Letters early on in the 2012 season and has never looked back. Playing the full complement of Letters equipment including Masters Model Driver, fairway, Satin irons, MM grind wedges and a Golden Goose putter.
Wesselingh made the switch to Letters after testing the products on tour and being fully custom-fitted at the John Letters performance Centre in Huddersfield.
He was joint runner-up on his debut, in the Mallorca Senior Open, and won the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at DeVere Slaley Hall a month later, finishing one shot ahead of Anders Forsbrand and Andrew Oldcorn. He is now one performance away from being eligible for all three Senior Majors in 2013.
Wesselingh said: “The target at the start of the season was to finish in the top-30 and keep my card, but it looks like I’ll be in the top-10 or even top-five – depending on results in Mauritius – which is brilliant.”
The 51-year-old is just one of a number of tour players that have turned to John Letters in 2012 – as the brand can now boast over 135 products in play on the Seniors Tour.
John Andrew, Managing Director, commented: “We’re delighted to play our part in helping Paul make such a great start to his career on the European Seniors Tour.
"We’ve made huge strides with our equipment and out on-tour and its validated when players of the calibre of Paul and Angel Franco choose to play John Letters; it demonstrates that we continue to produce equipment the players want to play.”