SWINDON golfer Jake Bolton is leaving a long and successful amateur career behind as he bids to make a name for himself by turning professional.

The 22-year-old is one of the country’s most promising young players and has been making headlines over the past few years, following on from his impressive results and accolades.

Bolton’s first major victory came at the 2019 Scottish Men’s Amateur Open Championship, which came a few short months after winning the Hampshire Salver.

A semi-finalist at both The Amateur Championship and the South African Amateur Championship in 2020, Bolton showed the world his impressive match-play capabilities, which resulted in him being named on the 2021 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup side.

The Ogbourne Downs Golf Club member starred in the Saturday foursomes match at the Walker Cup in Seminole, where he held crucial putts at important stages of the dual, as well as hitting the shot of the day into the 18th green, which resulted in a crucial point being clinched for Team GB&I.

Though Bolton’s recent quest to qualify for the upcoming US Open resulted in a disastrous 21 over par following a bust driver on the first tee of the 36-hole event, the Swindon golfer has numerous starts lined up on the European Tour’s Challenge Tour, where he looks to begin his progression through the Official World Golf Rankings.

Reacting to the recent announcement, Bolton said: “I am excited to announce that I have officially turned professional and signed with Hambric Sports.

“This is an important time for me, and to have the support of such an experienced team that will have dealt with anything that I come up against, gives me great comfort. I can’t wait to get going.

“I am really looking forward to beginning this new chapter of my career, something I’ve worked towards for a long time.

“It’s been a great journey until now, having enjoyed a successful amateur career and accomplished everything I wanted to, I leave with no regrets from my part.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me, with a special thanks to my family, my coach Russell Covey, England Golf, Golfing4Life, and Ogbourne Downs Golf Club. There is no way I could have reached this point without your support.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m really looking forward to beginning my journey to the very top.”