As we enter 2017, I am proud and excited to be able to now call myself a professional golfer. It has been my lifelong dream to reach this point but I know that there are a lot more tests and challenges that await, which I welcome with enthusiasm, dedication and passion.
2016 saw me compete in both national amateur events, and professional events (as an amateur). I played in over 8 countries, over 3 continents, making 7 out of the 9 pro cuts. I finished the year strongly with a best of tied 25th in the Mena tour championship on the pro circuit, and tying 8th in the Berkshire trophy, a national amateur tournament.
As I embark on this next level of competition, I enter proudly with the following achievements from my amateur career:
- Club champion at all of my 3 UK clubs (Wentworth, Test Valley & Hartley Witney G.C)
- Hampshire under 16 champion
- Representing Hampshire at all levels and my country at a regional level
- Achieving a hcp of +3
- Full playing rights on the MENA (Middle East) golf tour, and partial playing rights on the Alps tour.
As I reflect on these achievements thus far, I remind myself that this game is never easy, but with hard work comes results. My amateur career has had many highs and lows, but I am grateful to have learned and I continue to learn and develop as a professional golfer in 2017, as I drive forwards with my aspirations for the season ahead.
This year I will be travelling to over 15 countries, playing in a minimum of 20 tournaments. There are always surprises, both good and bad along the way, but I know I am ready for this next challenge and welcome the journey as well as the end goal as a pro.