Time is right for James to turn pro

James White
James White

James White is aiming to make an immediate impact in his first season as a professional sportsman.

Following a top ten finish at the Alps Tour Qualifying School at the end of last year, White was persuaded to leave his job in the consultancy business and take to the tour as a full-time pro.

White has been attached to Lundin Golf Club as an amateur for some years and enjoyed a celebrated career at that level, including first place finishes in both the Scottish Golf Union and Fife Golfing Association order of merits.

Now though, the 25-year-old believes the time is right to step into the professional game.

White told the Mail: “I finished the Alps qualifying in a tie for ninth place which allowed me full playing rights on the tour.

“I know I can play in around 19-21 tournaments throughout the year so the time felt right to turn professional; having full playing rights gives me the piece of mind that I can do that.

“When I tee off on my first tournament in February I’ll become a professional golfer.

“It’s a big step for me, but being a professional golfer, playing for real money, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Although the final schedule has yet to be confirmed, in previous years those competing on the Alps Tour have played at tournaments in Slovenia, Czech Republic, Morroco and Belgium.

The tour was established in 2001 by Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland to give young professionals the opportunity to play and get a better experience of professional tournaments before advancing to the Challenge Tour and the European Tour.

The first two tournaments will be held in Egypt in February and White wants to hitting the ground running.

He said: “The Alps Tour is a sub-tier of the main European and Challenge tours and the top five players at the end of the year are promoted.

“That’s where I want to be, but I know if I don’t get off to a great start then I still have a long time to get it back.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’ll be staying focussed and committed.”