Sam Locke eyes move to pro ranks after 'unforgettable' Open
The 19-year-old Scot joined elite company by winning the Silver Medal at Carnoustie.
Sam Locke said he will give serious thought to turning professional after picking up the Silver Medal at The Open.
The 19-year-old made the cut at his first major on his way to winning the award for best amateur at Carnoustie.
Locke, who funds his golf by working at Paul Lawrie's Aberdeen golf centre as a barista, ended nine-over par thanks to a round of 78 in testing conditions.
Despite toiling on the final day, the Stonehaven golfer reflected on an "unforgettable" experience having shone across the opening three rounds of play.
He said: "It's been unforgettable really, I've learned so much from this experience.
"It's nice to know too that I didn't feel like I had complete control off the tee but I've still managed to make the cut in a major and compete to some extent.
"I didn't want it to end, I just enjoyed it so much but hopefully I'll be back soon."
Locke has joined an esteemed list of players to have picked up the Silver Medal which includes Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.
The teenager said it was "a really nice feeling" to be in their company but acknowledged he still has a long way to go before his name will accompany the trio's at the top of major leaderboards.
He added: "Woods, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy... they are massive names in the game so to be in their company is a really nice feeling.
"But now is just the start, the job is not done.
"Although I am in their company by winning a silver medal I've still got to go out and have a great career.
"If I keep doing what I'm doing and working hard then who knows where I can get."
The next step will likely see Locke make the jump to the professional ranks.
Having impressed at Carnoustie, the Scot admitted he would have to spend time mulling over a fast-tracked move towards the pro game.
He said: "I've got to go away and come up with a good decision that is best for me.
"The original plan was to try and get Walker Cup next year but, obviously, doing quite well here this week changes the thoughts slightly, so we'll see."