Woodhsall Spa based golf star Nathan Kimsey has ended speculation about his future and decided to turn professional.
Kimsey has signed a long-term deal with leading management company 4Sports and Entertainment and set himself a three year target to clinch a place on the European Tour.
His decision brings down the final curtain on a glittering amateur career, crowned by an appearance for Great Britain and Ireland in the 2013 Walker Cup in America.
Kimsey said: “I am very excited to begin the next phase of my golf career.
“I’m looking forward to working with the 4Sports team and feel they can give me the support and advice to progress in the professional game.”
Kimsey had been considering his future after he missed out on a European Tour card last month.
Sources close to the player indicated he felt the Walker Cup was the pinnacle of his amateur career.
He will mainly be playing on the Pro Golf Tour in 2014.
The top five finishers in the order of merit will get full Challenge Tour status the following year.
However, 4Sport have also secured seven starts in Challenge Tour events - one level below the full European Tour.
Any top five finish on the Challenge Tour would secure another start and a win would automatically earn full playing rights for 2015.
There are various other incentives available - including sponsors’ invites to bigger tournaments - but Kimsey is hoping to reach his ultimate European Tour ‘goal’ in three years.
Kimsey enjoyed a memorable final year in the amateur game and was regularly ranked among the world’s top 15 players.
His season also featured a second place finish in the St Andrews Links Trophy and third place in the Brabazon Trophy.
He enjoyed numerous other top 10 places - including Australia - and won the prestigious Tera Cotta Trophy in Florida.