European Tour golfer Mark Foster talks of 2015 frustration and plans to work even harder, as he and Lee Weswood tackle Alstom Open de France

Mark Foster during day three of the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 25, 2012. See PA story GOLF Gleneagles Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Mark Foster during day three of the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 25, 2012. See PA story GOLF Gleneagles Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Professional golfer Mark Foster hopes to turn his 2015 around, to repay the support shown to him by his home town.

The European Tour player has endured a frustrating year, with ups and downs including two top 15 finishes and seven missed cuts.

The highlight of his year, on the course, was probably the Volvo China Open in April when he finished in a tie for 14th position.

Thirty-nine-year-old Foster was just six shots off eventual winner Ashun Wu and landed €43,036 in prize money.

His other top 15 was at Trophee Hassan II in March, when he again finished with a share of 14th, this time just four shots off the lead.

But the highlights have been followed by low points too.

Last week’s BMW International Open in Munich was a perfect example, with a scintillating seven-under-par round of 65 joined by a 69, but also rounds of 76 and 75 on his scorecard.

That left him in 55th place, 14 shots behind winner Pablo Larrazábal.

Foster said: “2015 has been frustrating so far.

“Once again I’ve got off to a slow start, due to some excellent golf being diluted down by some very average golf.”

The only solution, he believes, is to knuckle down.

“I need to keep working hard and plan for the rest of the year,” he said.

“All you can do a a golfer is prepare as best you can and apply that during events.”

He’d like to push up the leaderboards, not only for his own morale, but to repay the local people who have backed him.

“Like everyone playing the game I’m hoping the next few weeks are positive and there’s some good news for everyone that follows and supports me.

“The people of Worksop have been great as a whole.

“Every time I play in the UK, and sometimes worldwide, I hear cries of ‘good luck Mark, do it for Worksop’ and they are always great words to hear.”

Foster and his family are based in the town again, and he’s enjoying family life and the chance to see lifelong friends.

He’s also getting local help with his strength and conditioning.

Foster explained: “Steve Chambers at Lync Performance on Bridge Street has been helping me out, he’s doing a fantastic job.

“Their facility is superb and takes care of everything I need, physically.

“I’ve known Steve for a very long time and he’s always been professional – they provide a performance and rehab facility that works perfectly for me as a professional athlete.”

Foster takes the hometown backing that he values so much into this week’s tournament, the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris.

He tees off at 1pm on Thursday along with Trevor Fisher Junior of South Africa and Korean Jin Jeong.

Fellow Worksop export Lee Westwood will also be in action in France – the scene of his 2012 injury.

Westwood has also tasted success in Paris previously, with four top-10 finishes in 10 appearances.

He came close to the title in 2009, losing out to Martin Kaymer in a play-off.

This will be his first appearance in the event since 2012, and he tees off with Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell and France’s own Alexander Levy at 12.30pm from the first tee.

The Alstom Open de France will act as a warm up for Westwood, ahead of The Open, on the Old Course at St Andrews on 16th July.

Foster, meanwhile, will take part in next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane, East Lothian, starting on Thursday.