ABERDOUR’S Scott Crichton will make his professional debut at The Belfry later this month after securing a card that will earn him a spot in every event on the PGA EuroPro Tour this season.
The 26-year-old relinquished his amateur status after finishing joint 15th in the third-tier circuit’s Qualifying School at Frilford Heath, where Ross Kellett was the only Scot higher than him.
“Today was my last round as an amateur,” said Crichton after carding a third successive two-under-par 70 in the card scramble at the Oxfordshire venue.
“I came here hoping to get a decent category and the one I’ve got will get me into all the events, so that means I can plan a proper schedule.”
Motherwell man Kellett closed with rounds of 66 and 69 as he finished ninth on eight under par in an event won by Rotherham’s David Booth, who was the 2008 Scottish Youths’ Champion.
Kellet (Aberdeen Asset Management) will also play in the EuroPro Tour season-opener at The Belfry before turning his attention to the Alps Tour, where he won two years ago.
“I’ll play a few events on that through invitations as I have no category for the Alps Tour this year then, after those, I will consider my position,” said the 27-year-old.
“The EuroPro is a strong tour and there are some great courses this year, especially in Scotland.”
Also certain to get into those events at Montrose Links, The Carrick, Royal Burgess and Mar Hall is Kris Nicol after the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre player finished alongside Crichton.