FORMER Ludlow golfer Ollie Farr has lost his place as a fully-fledged member of the European Tour after one season.

Farr, who grew up in Tenbury and first played golf at Cleobury Mortimer as a seven-year-old, finished 156th - and only the top 110 players retain their cards for next term.

Farr enjoyed a promising start to the campaign, finishing in joint 27th place at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The 27-year-old then competed at the US Open in Chambers Bay, Washington but he had a disappointing second half of the season, missing the cut eight times in his last 10 competitions.

“Ollie is disappointed to have lost his card but will be working hard to get it back,” said dad Graham Farr, the Worcester Golf and Country Club professional who coaches his son. “Andy Sullivan lost his card after his first year but won it back and has gone from strength to strength.”

Farr had secured his place on the tour alongside golf’s elite after finishing 10th in the European Challenge Tour rankings in 2014.

He missed the cut in his first two European Tour events in South Africa before finishing joint 57th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He was joint 45th at the Arica Open in Eastern Cape, 53rd at the Tshwane Open in Pretoria, joint 55th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and joint 59th at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Other highlights included joint 34th at the M2M Russian Open, joint 43rd at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, joint 44th in Denmark and joint 47th at the BMW International Open in Munich.

Graham added: “The first half of the season was reasonable and there were times when Ollie was well placed but didn’t convert his early promise into money and points. But it was a wonderful experience and he wants another crack at it."