A golfer in the Tyne Valley is set to become a professional player just days after performing strongly in the highly acclaimed Walker Cup.

Hexham’s Matty Lamb played extremely well in the competition that was held in Florida last weekend, although his Great Britain and Ireland squad couldn’t get the better of the opposing United States of America side.

Following the competition, a post on social media by Trinifold Sports confirmed Lamb is to now turn professional with their assistance.

The Hexham club member won all but one of his games in the Walker Cup at the weekend, although couldn’t prevent the Great Britain and Ireland side from losing to the USA in the close match.

Lamb was selected to play in the competition, which is the most highly acclaimed tournament in amateur golf.

Taking place in Seminole, Florida, the two-day competition saw the USA claim their fifth straight Walker Cup on home soil after ending the match 14-12 winners on Sunday afternoon.

For Lamb, his cup outing got off to a disappointing start after he and teammate Jack Dyer lost out to Mac Meissner and Ricky Castillo in the Saturday foursomes.

Later on the opening day however and now competing in the first singles competition, Lamb defeated Quade Cummins 2&1 to claim a point for the UK and Ireland side.

More success followed for the Hexham golfer on Sunday as he reunited with teammate Dyer, with the pair going on to beat Stewart Hagestad and Tyler Strafaci 6&5 in the second round of foursomes.

The pair’s victory had also helped the GB and Ireland team make a fine comeback that saw them close to just a point behind the USA side going into the final singles session.

However, and despite Lamb continuing his fine form after again winning a point won a point in a 2 up win over Davis Thompson, the USA managed to hold on to claim the win.

The Walker Cup in previous years has seen a lot of now-professionals compete in the tournament including Ryder Cup regulars Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose, while Tynedale’s tour professional, Chris Paisley, also took part in the event in 2009.