Ewen Ferguson says the time was right for him to step into the professional ranks.
The Bearsden golfer had a glittering career as an amateur, winning the Scottish Boys Championship in 2013 and 2014 and being a part of the 2015 GB&I Walker Cup winning side.
Sensibly he’s bided his time before making the leap into the pro game.
And last weekend he made his European Tour debut when he teed up at the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Scotland’s east coast.
“I had not actually played a pro event before the Walker Cup so I felt there was so much learning to do,” he said.
“I managed to get some starts on The Challenge Tour to see what it’s like and what it’s going to be like, and it’s really helped me.
“Even a couple of things, when I went to Q-School there, just knowing where to register and where to get my stroke savers and stuff like that.
“It makes you feel like I know what I’m doing.
“All these little things have helped me and that’s why I feel as if I’m ready now.”
Ferguson shot rounds of 74, 73 and 71 at St Andrews for a three round total of 218, two over par, missing the cut by just four shot and finishing tied for 106th.