Leading Wetherby amateur Jamie Perkins bidding for Open Championship place

Golfer Jamie Perkins.  (130316M3f)
Golfer Jamie Perkins. (130316M3f)

Leading Wetherby amateur Jamie Perkins is dreaming of a spot at the 2015 Open Championships.

Perkins will start the tricky bid to qualify for golf’s second major of the year later this month when he heads to Northumberland Golf Club for a regional event.

Should he shoot an under par round in the North East, he will land a spot in a national qualifying event against European Tour professionals.

“The dream will be to get to the Open but the aim is to get through the first round of qualifying and hopefully play with someone on the European Tour,” Perkins said.

“John Parry played in it last year, and that’s the sort of player I would want to play against to see the difference in quality.

“I have played at Northumberland twice before, and missed out by two shots there last year.

“I know the course very well and it’s one of my favourite. Because of that, I feel confident going into the qualifying event. As long as you like the place you’re playing, you have to go in with confidence of getting through.”

Perkins has made giant strides with his game over the last two years and he revealed his plan to turn professional at the end of the year.

He took the club championship at Wetherby Golf Club in 2014, and has since reduced his handicap to minus one.

“My level is certainly better and I’m heading in the right direction,” added Perkins.

“I think I will turn pro no matter what, especially after reducing my hours at work to focus on golf more.

“That will allow me to apply to play on the mini tours and then there’s an option to going to play in America.”