Sugrue to make eagerly-awaited pro debut on Challenge Tour in May

James Sugrue (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

2019 Amateur Champion James Sugrue will make his eagerly-awaited professional debut when the Challenge Tour heads to Sweden next month.

The proud Mallow man, who turned professional with a glowing amateur CV highlighted by his win at The Amateur in front of 3,000 home supporters at Portmarnock in the summer of 2019, will tee-up at the Challenge Tour’s Swedish double-header – firstly at the Range Servant Challenge in Malmö from May 13-16 before tackling the Dormy Open at Österåkers Golfklubb from May 19-22.

Sugrue will take aim at the events with plenty of experience in the locker and added motivation having tasted the top tier of golf through two rounds with former Open Champion Darren Clarke at The Open at Portrush, at the Masters where he broke par with a superb 71 in round two and through US Open debut at Winged Foot alongside Lee Westwood.

Now the 22-year old, who signed for Swedish-based management company Sportyard in January, a team run by Henrik Stenson’s former manager Johan Elliot, can’t wait to get going on his professional journey.

“I can’t wait to get going,” said Sugrue. “I’m delighted to finally get going. It’s been a frustrating time waiting for a chance to play so I can’t wait to tee it up in Sweden and then get home for the Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links, which is going to be a great venue.”

Sugrue is in Spain fine-tuning his game in warmer climates ahead of what should be three quick-fire events with the Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links, right next-door to the site of his famous Amateur win, set to be his third event from May 27-30. Best of luck, James!

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