Scotland’s top male amateur golfer says he is ready for a flying season after a successful South African swing.
Rory Franssen, who plays out of Auchterarder Golf Club, has competed in three events in South Africa to kick-off his 2022 season. Franssen, originally from Inverness, finished runner-up in the South African Amateur Matchplay championship and third in the South African Strokeplay championship, after closing the tournament with rounds of 64 and 65.
“South Africa was a huge confidence boost for me, especially the matchplay,” Franssen told bunkered.co.uk.
“That experience will help with other matchplay events later in the year, like The Amateur Championship.”
Indeed, Franssen is targeting The Amateur Championship and the European Amateur Championship, knowing that wins at either of these events would guarantee a spot in major championships.
“The Amateur Championship and European strokeplay are two events I’m definitely targeting,” the 23-year-old said.
“They are such prestigious events and obviously if I was to win I would get to play in major championships, which would be unreal.
“I haven’t been a massive fan of match play previously but I think last year the experience of playing for Auchterarder in the Perth and Kinross Scratch League really helped me overcome any negative feelings.
“Also, knowing I have the ability to shoot some low scores is really cool and hopefully I can continue those feelings I had in strokeplay events later on in the season.”
This week, Franssen is competing in the Spanish Amateur Championship in Cadiz, where he’ll be looking to continue his strong form.