Killarney's Tommy O'Driscoll has decided to bite the bullet and turn professional before the first Alps Tour event of the season next month.
The 19-year old former Boys international will say goodbye to the amateur ranks at next week's Copa Andalucia in Spain, where he will be joined by Waterford's Eanna Griffin, Naas duo Conor O'Rourke and Jonathan Yates and New Mexico based Limerick talent Mark MacGrath.
An Alps Tour card winner as an amateur at last December's Qualifying School in Spain, O'Driscoll said: "After due consideration and having taken on board the opinion of many others, I have decided to commit myself to the Alps Tour in 2016.
"There are 20 events which will involve a lot of travel to different countries so it's an opportunity for me to really find out about myself and my game.
"There will be a big learning curve, but having already experienced what it's like having played in three events in three different countries in 2015, I feel that I am ready for the challenge.
"It's exciting and something to really look forward to in 2016."