Sam Locke: Open Silver Medallist says his 'time will come'

Sam Locke and Paul Lawrie
Sam Locke was presented with the Silver Medal at the Open last year

Golfer Sam Locke says his "time will come" in major tournaments, almost a year after he picked up the Silver Medal as the top amateur at the Open.

The 20-year-old from Stonehaven was the leading amateur at Carnoustie last year.

He then turned professional and knows that he must stay patient to find further success.

"My time will come, I've just got to stay patient and hopefully it will come sooner rather than later," he said.

Locke told BBC Scotland: "There's obviously still a wee bit to go but I've definitely improved a lot as a player and really fast, because when you're playing against the best players, your mistakes get punished, so you learn from them a lot quicker than in amateur golf - but I've really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead."

Locke was speaking at the Scottish Par Three Championship, where he narrowly missed out on a win after leading going into the final day.

He was beaten by Paul Lawrie's nephew Sean Lawrie by one stroke.

'A success'

The tournament was held at Devenick, part of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre in Aberdeen, where Locke is mentored by Lawrie. He also worked part-time at the cafe until his success at the Open.

Lawrie believes Locke has had a promising first year as a professional.

"I think it's been a success," he said.

"There's a lot of good players out there, it's not easy to break through, but I feel he's doing all the right things.

"I see him day-in, day-out working here and the stuff that he's doing and working on, he's getting there.

"He's going to play Euro Pro all this year and see how he gets on - he needs to win a couple to get a top five card for Challenge Tour, but there's no reason he can't do that."

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