Up-and-coming Scottish golf professional Kris Nicol is aiming to tee up a career at the top of his sport – with backing from leading oil and gas engineering company PD&MS Energy.
The Aberdeen-based business, part of the Wilton Group, is providing sponsorship support for the Fraserburgh ace who turned pro last year – and who has already made his mark in the game.
Kris was the only Scot to gain full playing rights on the 2012 Alps Tour after sharing joint first place at a qualifying event in Italy in November. He’s just taken part in a tour event in Barcelona, where he missed the cut by three shots after recording 71s in both first and second rounds. His next event is in Italy in two weeks.
“Kris possesses all the attributes to rise through the ranks and become a big name in the world of international golf, and we’re delighted to be helping him at this key stage in his career,” says Chief Executive Officer PD&MS Businesses Dave MacKay.
“His qualities of talent, commitment and ambition are ones we recognise within our own organisation, and that’s why we want to support him as he pursues his sporting goals.”
Kris, 27, enjoyed a successful career as an amateur golfer, latterly playing off a handicap of +4, before deciding to make the move into the professional arena.
“It’s a huge boost to have the support of PD&MS in this early part of my career,” he says. “It would be extremely difficult to continue without the financial support and I’m very grateful to the group for its assistance.
“I’m aiming to repay that faith by doing well in 2012 and taking my career to new levels in the years beyond.”
The Alps Tour is a ‘feeder’ to the sport’s Challenge and European Tours and Kris is confident of securing a high finish this year to earn a place in the 2013 Challenge field.
Kris began playing at Fraserburgh Golf Club as a youngster and spent five years as a greenkeeper there after he left school.
The highlight of his amateur years, when he regularly represented Scotland in international events, was a place in the 2012 Walker Cup Squad.
He narrowly missed out on a place in the final team.