Stoke-by-Nayland’s Scott Brace is set to turn professional after finishing in the top 30 of the final PGA Euro Pro Tour Qualifying School.
The 24-year-old won a full rights category on the EuroPro Tour after finishing tied sixth in a field of 240 professionals at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, last Thursday.
Glemsford resident Brace, who plays for Essex and who graduated with a golf scholarship from the University of San Diego in January 2012, will play the Turkish Amateur at the end of next month.
Following that, he hopes to have secured enough sponsorship to turn professional and play all the remaining EuroPro Tour events (which gets under way on April 30 at Wensum Valley Golf Club), with the top tier of European golf, the PGA European Tour, his end goal.
“Last week proved I can compete at that (professional) level,” he said. “It has always been my dream, but even if I turn professional just for the second half of the season, I am looking at needing £5-6,000 and will need a lot of help.”
He added: “If I had not already committed to the Turkish Amateur and had got sponsorship, I would be professional right now. I could have turned professional as soon as I returned from San Diego, but I was advised to have one more year as an amateur.”
Brace’s three-month warm-weather training on the sunny west coast of America from Christmas paid off with a tied fifth-place finish at his home course the week before last in the first of the two EuroPro Qualifying School events.
He kept up that form in Oxfordshire, achieveing his target of a top-30 finish, ending 54 holes tied sixth on nine under par over two courses from a field of 230 competitors.
The final stage also included ex-Ipswich Town footballer Jimmy Bullard who, after qualifying from stage one at Stoke-by-Nayland alongside Brace, missed the cut at Filford with a score of five over par.
Brace will next be in action when he represents Essex in two weeks’ time as they take on Kent at Ballards Gore Golf Club.
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