GOLF: Woodhall Spa’s Nathan Kimsey to decide whether to join professional ranks

Nathan Kimsey hits the first tee-shot during the recent Walker Cup at Long Island
Nathan Kimsey hits the first tee-shot during the recent Walker Cup at Long Island

Woodhall Spa’s Walker Cup star Nathan Kimsey has confirmed he will tee-off his bid for a possible career in the professional ranks at the start of next month.

Kimsey will line up with hundreds of other hopefuls hoping to win a European Tour card in the opening stages of the qualifying school on October 1.

The 20-year-old has elected to play at Frilford Heath which staged the English Amateur Championships earlier this year.

Competitors will face four rounds of strokeplay with only the top 25 going through to the next stage of qualifying in Spain later in October.

They will be joined in Spain by players from other English based qualifying courses - and players from throughout Europe and Australia.

Actually qualifying for the European Tour is regarded as something of a lottery with hundreds of players chasing just a handful of cards.

Playing in the qualifiers will not affect Kimsey’s amateur status and he admitted staying in the ‘unpaid ranks’ was still a possibility.

Kimsey said: “I will be staying amateur through it (the qualifying process) so I’ll go as far as I can.

“There’s the full tour and the Challenge Tour.

“Wherever I get to, I’ll sit down with my dad - and the guys from England - and see whether it is worth turning pro’.

“If not, I’ll stay as an amateur. There’s no definite plan to turn.”

If Kimsey achieves his goal of a tour card, it will mark the end of a glittering career in the amateur ranks which culminated in his Walker Cup debut for Great Britain & Ireland against America earlier this month.

Although GB&I lost, Kimsey was one of the few success stories and was desperately unlucky not to register a couple of wins.

Kimsey described the experience of playing in the event as ‘the best ever’ - except for the final result.