England’s Scott Gregory has bowed out of his spectacular amateur career as Europe’s number one player.
The Walker Cup player has won the European Golf Association’s gold medal after finishing first in the 2017 rankings, ahead of Scotland’s Connor Syme and Germany’s Maximilian Schmitt.
Gregory, from Corhampton Golf Club in Hampshire, commented: “Any time you can top an order of merit it shows that you have performed consistently and for me that’s what it’s about! If I can top an order of merit every year of my career I will be a very successful player.
“For me, this is of the same importance as winning the England Golf Order of Merit in 2016, it says you have performed consistently and it’s a great way to sign off an amateur career, together with the Walker Cup.”
Gregory, 23, spent his last three years as an amateur as a member of England Golf training squads and this period coincided with a series of individual and team triumphs.
Among them was his win in the 2016 Amateur Championship, which gave him places in The Open, the Masters and the US Open. He also helped England to win silver medals in World and European team championships and he represented GB&I in the 2017 Walker Cup.
Gregory turned professional at the end of the amateur season and remarked: “It’s been an incredible journey and I was fortunate enough to spend my last three years as an amateur with England Golf.
“The support, coaching and guidance I have received has been incredible and I know it stands all of us in good stead when we make the switch to the paid ranks. I would like to say thank you to England Golf for all of their hard work and belief in me over the past three years.
“Even having left the system I will continue to keep a close eye on how the team does and wish everyone the very best.”
Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director, commented on Gregory’s latest achievement: “I am delighted for Scott. He has been an excellent member of the England squads and teams over recent years. He will look back on his amateur career with great fondness and we wish him every success in his career as a professional golfer.”