Alfie Plant eyes professional career after clinching silver medal at The Open at Royal Birkdale
PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 July 2017
The 25-year-old from Bexleyheath scooped the prize for the leading amateur over the weekend
Alfie Plant has announced plans to turn professional after being formally confirmed as the Open’s silver medal winner.
The 25-year-old, who comes from Bexleyheath and previously worked as a postman in Dartford, knew the prize for the leading amateur at Royal Birkdale was his after making the cut on Friday, but he needed to complete all 72 holes to officially secure the gong.
He did so in six over par after shooting 73 in his final round.
Plant - from Sundridge Park Golf Club in Bromley - still has hopes of playing in the Walker Cup in Los Angeles this autumn, but beyond that his ambitions are now in the paid ranks.
He said: “I’ll be turning pro in September. Hopefully I’m going to be picked for the Walker Cup in September, but then I’ll try out for tour school after that.
“You have to go when you’re ready and go when you’ve got some good results behind you. At 25 we’ve taken our time and I’ve enjoyed the journey along the way, but I think it’s definitely going to be a good journey going forward.”
Plant has a number of memories to savour from his week at Birkdale, which has been a family affair with his brother Albert working as his caddie and his father and mentor Darren following every step. His father was also the chief organiser of the large fan club of family and friends, mostly wearing £TeamAlfie-branded hats and T-shirts, that cheered him around the course.
He said: “As a son at first you get a bit embarrassed, but it’s absolutely taken off this week, and hats off to my dad. It’s been great. I’ve been getting so much support and I think it’s really made the tournament great for me.
“High of the week has definitely got to be walking down the last. It sent shivers down my spine.”
Plant has been staying in a rented house in nearby Formby this week, initially with his father, brother and coach, but that group quickly grew.
He said: “It ended up with 15 of us in there - all the sofas being taken, airbeds getting blown up.
“It’s going to be great tonight - but we’ve all got a drive home. Unless you can give a heads-up to the police, I think we all have to be pretty sensible.”
It was pointed out Plant would have pocketed £20,000 had he been playing as a professional, and his thoughts quickly turned to his girlfriend Daisy Meadows.
Asked how he could have spent that money, Plant said: “If you ask my girlfriend, she’d definitely say a ring.”
For now, however, he said she would have to make do with “Haribo rings”.