Golf: Laura Murray’s pro move spikes title bid

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Laura Murray, the reigning Scottish Women’s Amateur champion, will not be defending her title at Longniddry later this year after turning professional.

The 24-year-old Alford player has made the switch with immediate effect on the advice of her mentor, Paul Lawrie, and will be trying to emulate compatriot Pamela Pretswell by earning a step up to the Ladies European Tour (LET) from its development circuit.

“I believe this optimises my chances of gaining a LET players’ card at the next Q School in Morocco at the end of the year,” said Murray, a two-times St Rule Trophy winner. “I can’t wait to get started with my season. I have a great support group behind me.”