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Former Wolfville resident sets sights on PGA Tour


Published on July 13, 2017

PGA LatinoAmerica Tour member Alastair, AKA Ally, Tidcombe spent his teen years in Wolfville and honed his skills at the Ken-Wo Golf Club.

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NEW MINAS - A golfer who spent his early years on the greens at Ken-Wo is determined to make the PGA Tour one day.

But first, he’ll return to his roots.

PGA LatinoAmerica Tour member Alastair, AKA Ally, Tidcombe is travelling throughout South America going head-to-head with fellow PGA Tour prospects in hopes of being one of the select few professional golfers to advance to the next level.

There will be an “Ally’s Journey to the Tour” fund raising tournament at the Ken-Wo Golf Club in New Minas starting at 1:30 p.m. July 22. The proceeds will help Tidcombe with travel expenses as his pursues his dream.

Tidcombe, who grew up in Wolfville but is originally from England, now lives in Georgia, and he plans to attend the upcoming tournament at Ken-Wo.

“I’m just very excited and very fortunate and humbled… that people have taken the time to make this event possible,” the 24-year-old said in a recent phone interview.

A six-time collegiate winner, Tidcombe enjoyed continued success – including four all-American distinctions and a national NAIA team championship title – while golfing for Coastal Georgia University.

He travelled to Argentina in January and, finishing fourth at 10-below par, clinched one of 11 cards available in a 144-player field to earn his place in the PGATour LatinoAmerica season.

“We played on the side of a volcano in one tournament, so it’s not exactly the same kind of golf you would see in Canada,” he said, noting that the challenging climates, coupled with the stiff competition, means qualifying for the web.com tour preceding the PGA level will require an immense amount of discipline - on and off the course.

“South America is a completely different culture so it’s a lot to get used to… but I’ve had some good finishes. I feel very optimistic about the fall and moving forward.”

Six months into his professional career, Tidcombe is determined to advance to the PGA Tour in the near future.

“I like to think I’m a really hard worker, so… I just continue to work harder than I ever have before,” he said.

“It’s very exciting to have tour status this early in my career… but I’d like to move up as fast and as good as I can.”

To the amateur golfers dreaming of having a shot at PGA fame, Tidcombe says persistence is key.

“A lot of hard work goes a long way and having the belief in yourself to keep improving – and have a lot of fun.”

For more information about the fund raising tournament at Ken-Wo, contact Helen Tidcombe at helentidcombe@gmail.com or call 902-405-4194.