Old Kilpatrick golfer Christopher Maclean aims to turn professional this year after a successful season as an amateur.

After putting some strong performances this year, the 22-year-old wants to kick on with his golfing career after finishing university.

Maclean has won the European Men’s Club Trophy in Aroeira in Portugal in July, and earlier this month finished second in the Irish Open Stroke-Play Championship in Ireland.

And after changing coaches and working on his fitness and mental aspects of his game, the young golfer think he’s ready for a crack at the big time.

He said: “It’s definitely been the goal since I was younger, but in the last year I’ve got to the level where it’s become an actual possibility. If I keep improving and then I can make some money.

“I’ve been playing well since last June, I’ve had some good results and it’s starting to come together now.

“I’ve changed coach and I’ve been working really closely with him, and Kenny McKenzie at First Tee Fitness, he’s helped us with some physical barriers, helping me play pain free which is nice.

“On the mental side of things I’ve been working with a guy for six months now, it’s all coming together now and over the last year and a half I’ve said to myself I’m definitely going to turn professional so that’s my single minded focus at the moment.” And the University of Stirling student, who will look to graduate in Business and Marketing this summer, can be encouraged by other members of the golf team at Stirling.

Irishman Cormac Sharvin, who has played in European Tour events and is currently on the Challenge tour, Jack McDonald who is also on the Challenge tour and Ollie Roberts on the Alps tour are just a few of the names to graduate from the Stirling programme to play golf professionally.

Maclean added: “It’s definitely the best in Britain for golf, I won a scholarship which is sort of similar to what you do in the States when you go and get your degree and play golf on top of that.

“It’s helped me a lot, you’re doing the same as everyone else and then being one of the top two or three players in the team, you’re playing in every event everywhere, this year I’ve been in Dubai for two weeks, then straight to Portugal for eight days, California for eight days and then Spain after it.

“It definitely gives you motivation and something to aim for when you think that you used to beat some of these guys when they were at university.”

Maclean will look to kick on after a disappointing week at Woodhall Spa in the Brabazon trophy, missing the cut for the event. He aims to play in the Scottish Stroke Play tournament, St Andrew’s Links then the British Amateurs before plotting his next move as he tries to break into professional golf.

And the path Maclean has decided to take couldn’t have been done without the backing he’s received from his family over the years.

He said: “My mum and my dad and auntie and uncle have always been big supporters of me, and I think the only person more gutted than me that I didn’t win in Ireland was my dad, they’re 100 per cent behind me.

“My dad when we were younger used to drive me all over Scotland to play in events. My uncle and auntie took me down to Liverpool when I was younger as well.

“It’s good to have that support from back home as well as I know a lot of people don’t have that.”