20th September 2016
In another blow to the potential 2017 GB&I Walker Cup team England International Ashton TURNER turned pro yesterday.
He was ranked 74th in the SPWAR and 76th in the WAGR at the time of his decision.
Having signed up with the Georgia Golf management company in mid-August he made his professional debut today in the Clipper Logistics Championship, an event on the PGA EuroPro tour. He shot 68 (-3) to lie tied 6th after the first round*.
Ashton has enjoyed a good 2016 season and notably starred at the Men’s Home Internationals where he was the only player to deliver a 100% unbeaten record.
However his most impressive, confidence building performances have come on the European Challenge Tour. He firstly finished T8 at the Made in Denmark Challenge before a T55 result at the Bridgestone Challenge in England.
Ashton has entered the European Tour First Qualifying Stage Section D event at Frilford Heath which starts on 4th October. In the equivalent event last year he finished T10 before just missing out (T25) at Lumine in the Second Stage.
* Ashton shot 68, 68 and 71 (-6) to finish tied 4th at Moor Allerton GC, near Leeds.
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