James BYRNE


Date of Birth - 2 January 1989

Place of Birth - Gorleston, England

Turned Pro - 2011

Website - www.blog.jamesbyrnegolf.com


James was born in Gorleston, England.  At the tender age of 3 weeks, he

 relocated with his parents to their home in Banchory, Scotland where he

 has lived ever since.

From an early age James has had an interest in most sports, in particular in

 swimming and golf. For nine years, he kept himself fit with swim training

 and by the time he reached 13yrs of age he had begun to take the

 sport very seriously. He was promoted to the South Aberdeenshire Elite

 Squad and embarked upon a 20-hours per week training program.

The training was very intensive and extremely demanding, but under the

 guidance of head coach (now Scotland’s Commonwealth Games

 coach) Gary Paterson, James achieved a great deal of success. He

 twice competed in the British National Age Group Championships at the

 Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, and set many district and club records,

 some of which are still standing.

Unfortunately, twelve months into his training regime, he found himself

 under increasing amounts of stress trying to balance swimming with golf

 and schoolwork. In April 2004, he took the difficult decision to focus his

 efforts upon a career on the golf course.

He was introduced to the game of golf at an exceptionally young age.

  As a toddler at age 2, he would watch his parents (Paul and Siew)

 chipping in the garden, and would often join in with some plastic clubs.

At the tender age of 3, he took a trip to Singapore to meet his Mother’s

 side of the family for the first time.

James soon recognised the value of practice and enjoyed regular trips to

 the local driving range with his Dad.  During his first year at school, aged

 5, he produced his first golf blog.

Having been on a waiting list for six years, finally he gained membership to

 Banchory Golf Club at just 8yrs old.  At first he struggled to break 120, but

 his mum would often take him out on the course and encourage him to

 improve.

He eventually competed in his first competition at the age of 9yrs, and

 was given a handicap of 28. His technique was improving, and his dad

 saw his potential and arranged for James to meet the local pro, David

 Naylor, for lessons.  His swing got better and eventually he also starting

 seeing Inchmarlo pro, Andrew Locke, who had the added benefit of

 video technology. Andrew’s expertise raised his game to another level

 and he has been James’ coach and mentor ever since.  They have now

 been working together for over ten years on all aspects of his game.

James’ gained his first major tournament victory in 2007, aged 18yrs, at

 the Scottish Boys’ Strokeplay Championship at Cardrona. After opening

 with rounds of 67 and 69 for a 5 shot lead, James was pegged back by

 Scotland team mate Michael Stewart who shot 65, 68 on Sunday to

 force a playoff at 14-under. A birdie at the 3rd playoff hole was enough

 to seal his victory.

Since 2005, James has represented Scotland at every age group and has

 enjoyed much success in the team environment.

In 2006, he competed as part of a six-man team at the European Boys

 Championships, where they went all the way to the final before narrowly

 losing out to Norway.

Then in 2007, he made his debut for the Men’s team, also in the

 Europeans, and teamed up with Keir McNicoll in a memorable victory

 over England.  2006 also marked his first appearance in the Great Britain

 & Ireland Boys’ team to face Continental Europe in the Jacques L’Eglise

 Trophy, a feat which he was to repeat in the following year.

James’ notable success during the summer of 2010 was to finish runner

-up in the Amateur Championship. He also narrowly missed out on a

 place in the Open Championship after a first round 64 at the Open Local

 Final Qualifier at Kingsbarns.  In 2010, James also gained representative

 honours for Europe and GB&I as well as receiving the honour of

 representing his own country on a number of occasions.  James capped

 a good year when in October, at the World Amateur Team

 Championships in Argentina, he helped Scotland to a 5th place finish,

 tying for 4th place individually.

James and his dad spent two years tirelessly investigating and researching

 potential universities where James could continue playing competitive

 golf, he eventually chose Arizona State University and  enrolled in August

 2007.

In his debut tournament at Olympia Fields that September, he started with

 three straight birdies. His college career was underway and needless to

 say his Coach, Randy Lein, saw his potential.

Spending four years on the ASU golf team has been an invaluable

 experience for James. He has enjoyed some of the best coaching and

 practice facilities in America, and played against top quality opponents

 on world-class courses.   James firmly believes that his  time has a Sun

 Devil has given him the best possible preparation for a life as a tour

 professional.  He graduated in May 2011 with a B.Sc degree in Marketing.

On returning home to the U.K. James main goal was to achieve selection

 to the GB&I Walker Cup team before ending his amateur career.  James

 was honoured to achieve that goal and to add icing to the cake, James

 and his GB&I teammates recorded a tremendous win again a very

 strong American side at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in September 2011.

Two weeks before the Walker Cup James was fortunate to receive an

 invitation to play in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, his

 first European Tour event.  A top 30 finish against a strong field, together

 with his success at the Walker Cup, convinced James of his readiness to

 join the professional ranks.

At a press conference on 19th September, 2011 he announced that he

 had turned pro and signed with the world’s leading sports company IMG.

  He is very much looking forward beginning his professional career and to

 achieving further successes on the golf course in the years ahead.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Walker Cup 2011


2013 PGM-CCM Rahman Putra Masters, Malaysia

2014 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament, Indonesia.


Glove worn and signed by James Byrne

Golf Ball played and signed by James Byrne