GOLF: Cook sets his sights on pro circuit

Jamie Cook hopes to make it as a professional

Jamie Cook hopes to make it as a professional

First published in Sport

Jamie Cook has enjoyed a colourful footballing career, from scoring his first goal at Manchester City for Oxford United to appearing at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fifth round during a successful spell with Crawley Town, writes MATT BRUCE.

But the 34-year-old Oxford City winger now has his sights set on becoming a professional golfer when he hangs up his boots at the end of this season.

“I’m turning pro at golf this year, so that’s something I’m looking forward to,” said Cook, who is a member at Heythrop Park.

“For seven or eight years it’s been in the back of my mind, but I’ve not really given it a proper go.

“This is the year that I’m going to do it and maybe get on the PGA qualifying course. We’ll have to see what happens.”

Cook had previously announced his intention to try professional golf following his release from Stevenage Borough in 2005.

However, his professional football career was resurrected in 2007 with moves to Rushden & Diamonds and Crawley, leaving his golfing ambitions on hold.

Football remains his priority until the end of this season and he is confident he can help City retain their place in Skrill North.

“It’s been a tough season,” he said.

“I’ve been in and out of the team, which is a bit frustrating. But we’ve started playing better recently and we can move up the table.

“We’re only halfway through the season, so it’s not all doom and gloom.”

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