Tom McKibbin to make professional Tenerife Open debut after leaving amateur ranks
Golfer Tom McKibbin has announced that he has entered the professional ranks and will make his first start at next week’s Tenerife Open on the European Tour.
The 18-year-old has signed an agreement with JMC Sport and will play the rest of the year between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.
McKibbin turned professional after an excellent amateur career which saw him win the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Major Champions Invitational and the Junior Honda Classic.
The Holywood golfer has also represented Ireland in the Home Internationals and was twice part of the Great Britain and Ireland squad in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
While next week’s Tenerife Open will be his first professional start on the European Tour, McKibbin has participated in several professional events as an amateur.
This included being on the pitch at the Northern Irish Open and the World Invitational at Galgorm Castle, while he also played in the Shot Clock Masters in Austria.
“Glad to finally share that I have turned pro and will be making my @EuropeanTour debut this week at the Tenerife Open,” McKibbin wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my amateur career and to @EuropeanTour for this opportunity.
“I am delighted to have signed with (Mitchell Tweedie) at JMC Sports. Looking forward to the next chapter!”
JMC is a sports management agency that already represents European Tour stars Erik van Rooyen and Sebastian Soderberg, alongside Irishman Jonathan Yates.