The Baberton player, who reached the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship at Troon last year before returning to Ayrshire to help Scotland win the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes, is in the line-up for the first stage event starting today at The Roxburghe, near Kelso.
“I’m playing in both the European and US Tour schools, so hopefully have a lot of golf coming up,” said Ferrier, who has been playing on mini-Tours in the States since he turned professional.
“I’ve been playing well in spots and have got myself into contention a few times,” he said. “I’ve learned a whole lot about the pro game and am excited to test everything I’ve learned.”
Ferrier’s rivals in this week’s 72-hole event in the Borders include Englishman Zane Scotland, who qualified for the 1999 Open at Carnoustie as a 16-year-old, as well as experienced European Tour duo Steven O’Hara and Gary Murphy.
John Henry, the younger bother of Scott, is also among those setting out at the start of a potential 14-round marathon that ends in November.