Sam Locke turns professional after Carnoustie success
The 19-year-old won the silver medal as leading amateur at the Open Championship.
Scottish golfer Sam Locke has turned professional after winning the silver medal at the Open Championship.
The 19-year-old was the leading amateur at Carnoustie and finished as the top Scot at the tournament with compatriots Sandy Lyle, Russell Knox, Scott Jamieson and Grant Forrest all missing the cut.
Locke, who funds his golf by working at Paul Lawrie's Aberdeen golf centre as a barista, ended the competition nine-over par thanks to a round of 78 in testing conditions.
After his impressive showing, the youngster has now taken the decision to fulfil a lifelong ambition and enter the professional game.
He said: "I just feel that the time is right to be honest after winning the silver medal yesterday.
"I'm just really excited to get going.
"While I'm playing well, its a good chance to go and turn pro and see what I can do.
"I always wanted to play golf for a living because I love it.
"I couldn't think of anything better that I'd like to do.
"It's always been a thought but I think this week has just accelerated these thoughts and I cant wait to get going.
The teenager described his Open experience as "unforgettable" but the support of the home crowd also had a profound effect on another member of the family.
Locke's father Andrew, who caddied for his son at Carnoustie, said he was grateful for the warm reception they received and confessed that the nerves of the experience got to him more than Sam.
He said: "It's been a massive emotional rollercoaster for me.
"I think the first day when we went out on the course, before we went on to the first tee and walked out the tunnel waiting for it to happen, we were both feeling quite sick.
"Me probably more than Sam.
"Then he walked out and got a massive reception on the first tee most days and he handled it very well whereas I found it quite difficult.
"I had my head down looking in all directions, it was just amazing, going round the course the support we got and Sam got was just fantastic and especially when he made the cut and guaranteed the silver medal.
"The support he got was brilliant."
"He looked very comfortable this last week and looked the part.
"I think it's the right time he's won the silver medal, he's got an excellent opportunity to step on and see if we can get him on some of the tours going forward.
Speaking about Sam's decision, Paul Lawrie said the following:
"Winning the Silver Medal was hugely impressive and whilst 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."