Graham Environmental Sponsor Bradley Neil's Golf Bag

23rd November 2017

BRADLEY Neil will make his European Tour baptism in this week’s UBS Hong Kong Open.

BRADLEY Neil will make his European Tour baptism in this week’s UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Blairgowrie professional tees-up in the opening tournament of the 2018 campaign, just two weeks after securing his playing card with a top 15 finish in the second tier Challenge Tour. 

Bradley (21) said: “I started off as 11th reserve but we have been preparing just in case I got the call.

“I am coming off a long, tough season and being back out competing again so quickly is quite a shock. But I have no complaints. I’ve got what I wanted.

“It’s hugely exciting. This is another step up and competing at this level has been my target for the last few years, and a specific aim for the past two seasons. 

“Hopefully I can get off to a good start in Hong Kong, Mauritius and South Africa and kick on in the New Year.”

Former Amateur champion and Junior Ryder Cup star Bradley will be flying the flag for Scotland and he is being backed by family run, Graham Environmental Services, Scotland’s largest independent pest control and kitchen canopy cleaning company. 

The award-winning Perthshire-based firm has agreed a major sponsorship deal and Bradley’s bag will carry the company name and logo for the next two years.

Bradley said: “It is fantastic to have Graham Environmental Services backing me on Tour. They have been with me every step of the way and this takes it to another level.”

Graham Environmental Services directors Ross and Stuart Graham, and Phil McKenna – who caddied for Bradley at the 2015 Masters - have followed his progress since Bradley was a talented youngster emerging from the ranks at Blairgowrie Golf Club, where he re-wrote the record books by winning the club championship at the tender age of 14.

“It’s a milestone year for us because 2018 is the 25th anniversary of Graham Environmental Services which began as a small family firm in Blairgowrie with our parents Jimmy and Anna,” said Perth and Kinross County player Stuart. 

“Supporting Bradley as he takes his first steps on the European Tour is our way of marking the milestone.

“Obviously there are cost implications of going full-time on the Tour and we wanted to give him a helping hand because he will be getting up to 25 invitations over the next 12 months.

“Bradley has worked tremendously hard to get to this stage and his achievement is put in perspective by the fact that he is the first Perth and Kinross player to reach this level since Brian Marchbank nearly 40 years ago – and we have produced a lot of top class amateur golfers in this part of the world. 

“Guys like Wallace Booth, Gavin Dear, Kevin MacAlpine and Glenn Campbell were playing off plus four and five for the county team. 

“We have been family friends with his parents Rodney and Mandy for years and Bradley’s potential was obvious at the age of six or seven playing on the Wee Course at Blair. He was playing off plus one by the time he was 15.

“We watched him win the Scottish Boys, the Amateur title at Royal Portrush and cheered him on at The Masters, US Open and the Open. 

“He is a naturally gifted player but we know how much hard graft has gone in to reach this stage. To get a full European Tour card at 21 after just one full season on the Challenge Tour is amazing because just three years ago he was playing for the county.”

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