GREENS machine Adam Chapman is soaking up the Iberian sunshine after making the professional switch.

The 21-year-old Windermere player will spend the majority of winter in Portugal and Spain looking to make a fast start to his new career.

Chapman made his debut on the Algarve Tour – which runs until February – with two level-par rounds in the Pinheiros Altos Classic, finishing in a tie for 13th among a field of 46.

The Carus Green Golf Club member – who played at Windermere for many years – described the switch to being a professional as a ‘culmination of work and commitment’.

After the Algarve Tour is complete, Chapman will contest Gecko Tour in Spain in March as he looks to gain entry to play in some European Tour events in 2017.

“I'm very excited to be entering a new chapter of my life and would like to thank the whole team at Carus Green for their support and encouragement,” said Chapman.

“This is now the culmination of many years’ hard work and that hard work will be continuing.

“I’m looking forward to the independence that turning professional will bring, earning my own money, travelling and working towards the European Tour.”

Chapman is coached by Carus Green PGA professional Andrew Pickering, who said: “Adam has been working extremely hard on his game and is 100 per cent ready to compete at this level, both physically and mentally.

“It is absolutely the right time for him to be turning professional.

“With massive changes ahead of him, Adam faces a challenging time, but we are all delighted for him and support him unreservedly.

“He is currently actively seeking sponsorship for 2017, so if there are any local companies or individuals willing to sponsor him, please do contact us.”