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Diss Golf Club star James Biggs is aiming for the professional ranks this year ahead of Brabazon Trophy




After an encouraging return to action since courses were reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown, Diss Golf Club star James Biggs has decided to give hitting the professional ranks his best shot.

The former Suffolk Amateur champion and Lagonda Trophy winner had been weighing up whether or not to put his dream pro plan back a year in the current climate.

But since he returned, which included clinching the recent Diss Men’s Championship by an impressive nine shots, he believes his form is good enough to push on towards October’s PGA EuroPro Tour qualifying school.

James Biggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course
James Biggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course

It was his experience of the Jamega Pro Golf Tour event at Leatherhead in July, his first event back, which convinced the three handicapper to press ahead with his plans.

“I finished in the middle of the pack and it was not my best golf but it was nice to experience playing in a professional event, so I know what to expect,” said the 24-year-old former Diss High School pupil.

“To be honest it was not that different to many of the big amateur tournaments I play in but it is just you are playing for money.

James Biggs of Diss Golf Club with the Suffolk Open Championship trophy he won in 2018
James Biggs of Diss Golf Club with the Suffolk Open Championship trophy he won in 2018

“I played with the winner Jamie Abbott and it has given me a little bit of confidence to know the standard of golf is pretty similar. It is just the little things that saves you shots that add up.”

He added: “I have had a pretty good spell over the last two to three years where I have played some good golf.

“I obviously won the Lagonda in 2018 and had a few good finishes last year and this year so I now know my game better than I used to. I feel I can now compete with some of the scores shot in the amateur events by professional players.

“I feel I am ready to turn pro.”

James Biggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course
James Biggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course

Biggs took part in the English Men’s Amateur at Woodhall Spa two weeks ago, which was another experience under his belt in the run up to October.

“It was ok but I made it harder for myself as my first round was 78 which was five over,” he said.

“In my second round I was two over and I don’t remember exactly what made the cut but I missed it by three or four shots, so I was not far away.

“I feel my game is turning in the right direction.”

But he made up for the disappointment of not completing the whole tournament by returning to his home club to successfully defend his scratch trophy.

His scores of 73 and 70 left him three-over-par, while Darryn Lummis won the nett trophy event with two rounds of 66 for eight-under-par.

In order to get a Euro Pro Tour card, Biggs would have to come through the first round of qualifying school in October at Luton Hoo, a 36-hole event, and then the final stage, which is set to comprise four rounds.

“I am not sure how many get through as it depends on how many people enter,” he said.

“It is the same thing for the final stage.”

His next event sees him head to Sherwood Forest GC in Nottinghamshire for Tuesday’s Brabazon Trophy (The English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship), a 72-hole event.

With financing travelling for a professional career one of the biggest obstacles, Biggs is on the lookout for potential sponsorship. Anyone interested can email him on jbiggs.biggs@gmail.com



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