Back to the day job for Locke but for how long?
Sam Locke will be back serving coffees on Tuesday morning - the proud owner of the Silver Medal at The Open.
Locke finished nine over as the leading amateur in the field, ensuring his name will be etched alongside some of the greats of the game, with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose all previous Silver Medal winners at The Open.
However, he’s in no rush to turn pro, with next year’s Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool still his mid-term target.
“I was wanting to make the team but I’ll sit down and have a proper think about my future in the next few weeks,” he said.
“I just want to enjoy this situation that I’m in before I make a decision.
“You never get this in amateur golf, just the magnitude of the tournament is a new experience for me and one that I've thoroughly enjoyed.
“I’ve learned on the golf course how to deal with myself in front of lots of people and the cameras. I felt I would enjoy that more because I saw it as a chance to show people what I could do.”
Locke, 19, won the Scottish Amateur title but came through qualifying to earn his place with three other amateurs in the 156-strong Open field.
And that made his result here extra special for the star graduate of 1999 Champion Golfer Paul Lawrie’s junior golf academy, whose immediate ambition is meeting favourite golfer Rory McIlroy.
“I earned my spot here and I played nice golf to get here,” added Locke, who had his Dad carrying his bag, while members of his local club at Stonehaven marshalled the 17th hole.
“I didn't feel as though I had complete control off the tee this week, but I chipped and putted pretty nice, which helped. So it was nice to kind of hang in there and just make the cut and get the Silver Medal.”
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