CLAYTON-le-Moors golfer Nathan Dunn is a hit in more ways than one.
The 18-year-old turned professional last year as he looks to see where a career in golf can take him. But he is also currently training to be a Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu.
Both sports require getting rid of your opponents but Dunn hopes he can deliver his knock-out blow in golf as he looks forward to his first ever Open qualifier.
The teenager, a former junior captain at Great Harwood Golf Club, will be taking part in the qualifying at Pleasington on 24 June and is desperate to get through to the final qualifiers which will be in Scotland.
The 138th Open Championships will be held in Turnberry in Scotland in July.
And, if he is on top of his game, Dunn reckons he does stand a good chance of getting through the early stages.
"This is the first year I have had a chance to be involved in the Open qualifiers and it is something I have been looking forward to.
"Pleasington is one of my favourite courses - you just feel like you can get birdies on there and it is quite a friendly course.
"If I play well and hit it well then it is inviting. My best score on there is 70 in the Harold Ryden Trophy quarter-finals a couple of years ago - if I get that again I should be through to play at Scotland in the final qualifiers.
"I think it is the top 20 to go through and I would love to be one of them!
"I know it will be a mixture of nerves and excitement on the day but it is just the experience for me. But if I don’t then there is always next year."
This is the biggest stage of Nathan’s short pro career so far after turning his back on his amateur status last season.
The former Norden High School pupil has been playing golf since he was 11, introduced by his dad Clive but he quickly got down to scratch.
"I have been pleased with the way it has gone so far since I turned professional," he said. "I have hit it well and played in a couple of competitions.
"I have not been in the top ten so far but feel comfortable with it all.
"I am ambitious and I want to see if I can give it a go.
"It is different playing in competitions now. Before, when I was an amateur, obviously I was just playing for trophies or vouchers but now there is the chance to win money.
"At the moment it isn’t big money as it can be £100 to enter a competition and around £1,500 if you win it but some of the tours have up to £500,000 dependent on the sponsors - but they are obviously more to enter!
"I am just finding my feet with it all but have competitions all over the UK coming up."
And, to get away from any golfing pressure, there is always ju jitsu.
"I do it twice a week in Clayton and it is for flexibility and enjoyment really. It takes my mind off golf and off the pressure."
Nathan also works at Lee Valley Driving Range in Rishton during the week and, if golf doesn’t work out, is already looking ahead.
"I work part-time at the driving range. I help out and it also helps with my golf but I would also like to teach golf or teach others sports as I like running and the gym as well.
"That’s in the future though as hopefully I can make it as a golfer."
Anyone who would like to sponsor Nathan contact 01254 232705.