MALLOW golfer James Sugrue has been named Cork Person of the Month for October.
James has announced that he will turn Professional next June, after his involvement in the US Open.
Last June, the 22-year-old Mallow native won gold at the 124th Amateur Championship, following in the footsteps of Cork great Jimmy Bruen, and so became only the fourth Irishman to win the Amateur Championship.
As a result of this win, James earned the right to play in three professional Majors, including The Masters and US Open.
He played on the Walker Cup match last month, as part of the Great Britain and Ireland team against the U.S.
A member of Mallow Golf Club, he is now only the second Cork golfer to ever claim the overall amateur winner’s title.
With a crowd of over 3,000 people watching, many of whom were from the Mallow, Cork and Munster area, James secured his legacy at Portmarnock Golf Club.
He said, “It was unreal. It was great to see so many familiar faces all through that week. This year has been amazing, and the support from the local Mallow Golf Club and community, as well as the greater Cork area, has been incredible.”
Next year James will play in the 2020 Masters and U.S. Open. He has already played in the Open in Portrush this year.
“I played a lot of my practice rounds with Shane Lowry, who won the tournament, so that was very special,“ said James.
Cork Person of the Year Organiser Manus O'Callaghan said, “James is a brilliant young player, with a bright future ahead of him. Everyone in Cork, and especially Mallow Golf Club, wishes him well in his professional career in the years ahead."