Byrne links up with Lawrie Golf Centre

NORTHERN OPEN 2012 AT MELDRUM HOUSE GOLF CLUB. ''PICTURED:  JAMES BYRNE (BANCHORY)'(Photo Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)
NORTHERN OPEN 2012 AT MELDRUM HOUSE GOLF CLUB. ''PICTURED: JAMES BYRNE (BANCHORY)'(Photo Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)

Banchory golfer James Byrne has joined the tour playing staff at the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.

Northern Open champion Byrne will represent the centre on the Asian Development Tour while Kris Nicol, of Fraserburgh, has also been added and will play on the Alps Tour next year.

Byrne said: “I am delighted to have secured an attachment with the PLGC.

“Throughout my career I have represented Banchory Golf Club and the members have always been incredibly supportive of my endeavours.

“However, the facilities at PLGC are some of the best in the country, and the move will allow me to put in the quality practice that I need to improve my game.

“With Paul having strong connections to Banchory and being such an avid supporter of Scottish golf, it seemed a natural fit and I am excited to be able to learn from him first hand. I understand Paul has already put plans in place to upgrade the short game area, so it seems the facility is going from strength to strength under his ownership.

“With several other young pros also being attached there, I hope we can push each other along and have a really successful 2013.”

Paul Lawrie was also delighted to add to the group of young golfers at his centre.

He said: “James and Kris join David Law, Philip McLean and Malcolm Isaacs in representing us.

“Stewart Spence, Martin Gilbert and myself are delighted to be supporting so many up and coming young pros who are all starting out on their careers.”

As the Piper reported last week, Larie will also continue to support Alford’s Scottish women’s amateur champion Laura Murray next season.