British Amateur champ Dunbar turns professional

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British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar has turned professional. The Northern Irishman signed with Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management in July 2012, when he became the first amateur to sign with a professional management company.

Dunbar, who turns 23 next week, competed in the Masters and missed the cut after rounds of 83-77. He also won the St. Andrews Links Trophy in 2009 and was a key contributor in Great Britain & Ireland’s victory in the 2011 Walker Cup. 

According to a release, Dunbar will play Challenge Tour events in Spain and Italy before making his European Tour debut on May 30 at the Nordea Masters.

“We are delighted that Alan has agreed to let us help, encourage and guide him at the start of his professional career,” Chandler said in a statement. “I am convinced he will go a long way in the paid ranks after a glittering amateur career.”