Byrne misses cut at Oz Masters

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Banchory golfer James Byrne missed the cut by five strokes at last week’s Australian Masters event.

Although it was a disappointing way to end to 2011, Byrne can look back on a successful year.

The 22-year-old turned professional this season, shortly after helping the Great Britain and Ireland team to a victory over the United States at Royal Aberdeen.

Byrne says he is learning from every event he plays in.

He said: “Naturally I’m disappointed with the week but I’m not too down on myself.

“I’ve not been at my best this week nor in recent weeks but I am still learning at this stage in my career.

“The fields I have been played in have been strong with some of the best players in the world, so it’s difficult to compete with them when I’m not on top of my game.

“Travelling around Asia and Australia has not been easy but golf is expanding globally and the trip will no doubt serve me well for the future.

The Banchory and Inchmarlo member will take a few weeks off over the festive season before attempting to qualify for the Asian Tour.

Byrne said: “My next event is Asian Tour School in January in Hua Hin, Thailand, so I’m looking forward to a few weeks off and the opportunity to start 2012 afresh.

“I’d have liked to have finished 2011 stronger, but at the same time I’ve played some good golf and can certainly be pleased with the year.”