Wright aiming for professional ranks

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Darren Wright is keen to embark on a career in the professional ranks as quickly as possible after his Walker Cup disappointment.

The Rowlands Castle talent has been in discussions with management companies to navigate his way in the professional game and is hopeful that he will become a fully-fledged pro within a matter of days.

Management company 4Sports & Entertainment – which already has Justin Rose and Edoardo Molinari among its clients – are believed to be keen to add him to their stable of professionals.

Wright has confirmed his amateur career is over as he bids to eventually make his way on to the European Tour.

Wright said: ‘I’m planning to go to Tour school and I will probably turn pro in the next few days.

‘I’ve had a decent meeting with a company and we’ll see how that pans out but nothing has been confirmed just yet.

‘I’m not sure when my first event will be, but I’m keen to get out there and start playing for money.

‘My plans are to turn pro as quickly as possible and hopefully I’ll get into my first event soon.

‘Now I have to concentrate on trying to make a living from the game.

‘The whole reason to stay as an amateur was to get into the Walker Cup side and that hasn’t happened.’

Wright, who won the Brabazon Trophy in 2010 and the Welsh Open Strokeplay this year, looked to be well in the hunt for selection for the famous amateur team event against USA.

But eyebrows were raised when the 22-year-old didn’t get the nod, while fellow hopeful Neil Raymond also missed out despite winning the Brabazon Trophy this year – the English Open Amateur Strokeplay event.

Wright feels the selectors have made a mistake by not including him in the side.

He said: ‘It was annoying not to get in and I was disappointed when I got the phonecall to tell me I hadn’t made it.

‘I’d like to think they have made a mistake in not selecting me, but I’m sure a lot of people say that.

‘There are other guys who are in the same boat as me who think they should have been in the team. They obviously think I haven’t performed well enough.

‘Over the two years, I have put in a lot of good performances and it’s a surprise that neither of the last two winners of the Brabazon have got into the side.

‘If there had been an order orf merit, I think I would have been right up there but selection doesn’t work like that.

‘I didn’t even make reserve and I thought I would have got that at least.

‘Now I just have to get on with things and look forward to my pro career.’