25 January 2010
Last Updated: 27 June 2013
After an illustrious career in the amateur game, Gary Wolstenholme is relishing battling it out in the professional ranks.
And Wolstenholme took time out from signing with sports and celebrity management specialists, Champions (UK) PLC, to reveal how he is going to make the transition.
Wolstenholme will aim to continue his success from the amateur game on the European Senior Tour later this year when he turns 50. Having spent the majority of his career within the amateur game, Wolstenholme is excited at the prospect of playing on the professional tour.
Wolstenholme was introduced to Champions by former snooker star Willie Thorne. The long-established sports management company currently represent several other celebrities including former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE and Coronation Street’s William Roache MBE.
Since becoming the Amateur Champion in 1991, Gary has gone on to compete in six Walker Cups, becoming the highest point scorer for Great Britain and Ireland in the history of the competition and is the most capped golfer of all time.
He has also competed at several of the professional majors, including the US Open Championship in 2008, the US Masters in 1999 and 2004 and the Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2003.
In 2007 he received an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list for Services to Sport.
Back in 1995, Wolstenholme beat a certain Tiger Woods in a Walker Cup singles match and beat current World number 22 Anthony Kim in 2005 at the Chicago Golf Club.
Wolstenholme said:“I am looking forward to the challenge that the professional game has to offer. I recognise that I have a lot to prove so I just have to go out and play to the best of my ability.
“There are many aspects I will miss from the amateur game. I loved representing my country and being a part of a team.
"I am feeling extremely enthusiastic about playing golf in general and believe that I can be rewarded in the professional game for all the hard work and time I devoted to the amateur game”.