Young star James sets sights on pro career
TOP Swansea golfer James Frazer is to turn pro.
Frazer has made his decision after a superb season that saw him finish sixth in the World Amateur Championship in Turkey.
It followed on from his spectacular performance in the European Amateur Championship this summer, where he set a course record 62 at Carton House in Ireland on his way to finishing second behind fellow Welshman Rhys Pugh.
He leaves amateur golf ranked 45th in the world — and his next ambition is to gain a European Tour card for 2013.
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"I've played top-end amateur golf for five years and I've been wanting to turn professional for a while," he said.
"I don't know why I stayed amateur this year, but I'm glad I did because my form is better than at this time last year.
"Every year you become that bit more confident because you are going to the same events and seeing a lot of the same faces.
"When you go to a tournament full of doubt, you are never going to play well."
Frazer, 25, who has been a member at Pennard for the last 15 years, enjoyed a stellar amateur career.
He won the South Wales Boys' Championship and the Welsh Boys' Strokeplay Championship in 2005, while he was also Glamorgan County Champion three years ago.
He reached the quarter-finals of the British Amateur Championship at Turnberry in 2008, being edged out on the 22nd hole by Joe Vickery.
His next event will be stage two of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain in early November, having progressed through stage one at Wychwood Park in September.
"It's a very exciting time," he added. "The goal is to get a European Tour card for next year.
"If I was at all daunted by it then I wouldn't be ready.
"But my game is at a place where I know I can compete.
"It's a question of staying patient and taking my time. I just have to take it tournament by tournament."