Northern Irish golfer Alan Dunbar has announced his decision to turn professional, just weeks after his debut Masters appearance in Augusta.

The 22-year-old British Amateur champion will make his first European Tour start at the Nordea Masters at the end of May, after taking in the upcoming Madrid Challenge in Spain and the Montecchia Golf Open in Italy.

Dunbar signed with International Sports Management in July 2012, soon after winning the amateur title at Royal Troon last year, and explained that their help and guidance helped him towards the decision.

"I have been very impressed with the help and advice ISM have given me and am convinced I am in the right hands now that I have decided to turn professional," he said.

"It is an honour to be part of a stable with several major champions and many multi-winners throughout the world.

"I would also like to thank the Golfing Union of Ireland for all of the support I have received from them during my amateur career. It has been greatly appreciated."

Dunbar remained an amateur so that he could play at the Masters earlier this month, where he failed to make the cut, shooting 160 over 36 holes, to finish the second day 16 over par.

However, the experience will have been invaluable for a player that won the Gecko Pro Tour event at Guadalhorce Golf Club in Spain in March, and the Georgia Cup a week before the Masters, as he makes plans for the next phase of his career.



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