North-east teenager Sam Locke has announced his decision to join the professional ranks after winning the Silver Medal at the 147th Open Championship.
The 19-year-old from Stonehaven was the only amateur to make the cut at Carnoustie and went on to finish the week on nine over par.
Locke carded rounds of 72, 73, 70 and 78 to finish as the highest-ranking amateur and Scot, leading him to make the decision on the back of his best career performance.
Locke works part-time in the coffee shop at the Paul Lawrie golf centre in Aberdeen, and is a protege of 1999 Open champion Lawrie.
He said: “I’ve decided to turn professional after winning the Silver Medal at the Open.
“I just think for me, personally, it’s the right decision.
“I’ve always wanted to turn pro and compete with the best players in the world on the biggest stage and this week’s kind of accelerated my decision.
“I’ve always wanted to be a professional golfer from a young age.
“I’ve always loved playing the game and competing and I just love the feeling of winning.
“So I can’t wait to get going now – it’ll be good fun.”
He added: “The decision to move in to the professional ranks is always something I’ve wanted to do.
“It’s been a genuine goal of mine to play golf for a living for some time now.
“My dad, Andrew, who caddied for me, is a PGA professional at the Paul Lawrie GC and obviously I have close ties to Paul Lawrie, so have an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the pros.
“My experiences over the last week or so, since I won the Open qualifier at Renaissance and throughout last week, have allowed me to see things differently.”
Lawrie added: “Winning the silver medal was hugely impressive and while this is just the beginning of the journey for Sam, I certainly think he’s ready to make the transition and I’ll be on hand to give him any advice he feels he may need along the way.”