British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar makes pro debut in Spain

Alan Dunbar is the British Amateur champion

British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar is eager to put his Masters disappointment behind him as he makes his professional debut in Spain.

Dunbar, who turns 23 next week, will play in two Challenge Tour events before making his European Tour debut at the Nordea Masters on 30 May.

His first pro event is the Challenge de Madrid, starting on Wednesday, followed by the Montecchia Open in Italy.

The Rathmore club player missed the cut at Augusta after rounds of 83 and 77.

"The scores did not go well but it was still a great week," said Dunbar.

"I played all right but greens killed me. I guess I need to get experience out there.

"But it was still a nice way to end an amateur career.

"Now I am looking forward to playing my first event as a pro. I have been working hard, trying to progress.

"I am not sure about my goals for the season or what invitations I will get, but I will go to qualifying school at the end of the year."

Dunbar will be joined in this week's Madrid tournament by young amateur Javier Ballesteros, son of the legendary Seve, who is making his debut in a European Tour-sanctioned event.

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