As a mutual, people are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to sharing responsibility and investing in the futures of our customers, colleagues, and wider society. So we’re delighted to be able to support our own Stuart McLaren, former account manager at Royal London, to compete in this year’s PGA EuroPro Tour, develop his professional golfing career and take his game to the next level.

Key achievements

  • 2018 North East Champion
  • 2020 East of Scotland Champion
  • 2020 South East District Champion
  • 2020 Leading Qualifier at Scottish Amateur Championship

A rising star

After being introduced to the sport by his grandad at the age of 11, Stuart’s dream was to become a professional golfer. He grew up playing in county and national competitions but despite his success was unable to fulfil his ambitions following the tragic loss of his mother, grandad and, shortly after, his father, which led him to leave university to support his sister and begin his career in the finance industry.

Over the past few years, Stuart has supported himself to compete at the highest level of amateur golf while working full time, achieving some significant successes – including getting his handicap to an all-time low of plus 6 in 2020 which, at the time, was the lowest in Scotland – and has now taken the decision to turn professional and test his game at the next level.

In October 2020, Stuart completed the EuroPro Tour Qualifying School on his first attempt, which allows him full playing rights on the PGA EuroPro Tour in 2021. He’ll also be taking part in Paul Lawrie’s Tartan Pro Tour, based in Scotland.

“Although I’ve been a successful amateur, I’ve sometimes found myself struggling to hit the ground running in competitions due to having a full-time job. I’ve been able to gain full status on two tours at the first time of asking, which is rare for a professional in his first full year. This has already given me a lot of confidence going into my first year and I fully believe I have the game and drive to be successful at this level and beyond.”

2021 tour dates

Practice round date  Event dates  Event venue 
14th April 15th - 16th April Montrose
18th April  19th - 20th April Barassie Links
25th April 26th - 27th April Royal Dornoch
17th May 18th - 19th May Pollock
13th September 14th - 15th September St Andrews Links
27th September 28th - 29th September Blairgowrie
6th October 7th - 8th October  Leven Links
10th October  11th - 12th October Renaissance
12th October  13th - 14th October Royal Aberdeen
17th October 18th - 19th October  Carnoustie

11th - 12th October

Practice round date  Event dates  Event venue
24th May  26th - 28th May  Harleyford
6th June  8th - 11th June  Donnington Grove
14th June  16th - 18th June  Cumberwell Park
21st June  23rd - 25th June  Montrose
28th June  30th June - 2nd July The Vale
12th July  14th - 16th July  Clevedon 
19th July  21st - 23rd July  Park Wood 
26th July 28th - 30th July  East Sussex
2nd August  4th - 6th August  Manningsheath
9th August  11th - 13th August  Luton Hoo
16th August 18th - 20th August  Clandeboye 
30th August  1st - 3rd September Studley Wood 
6th September  8th - 10th September Leven Links 
N/A 13th September Castletown

Practice round date  Event dates  Event venue 
n/a 24th August  Drayton Park 
n/a 30th September  Willesley Park

Practice round date  Event dates  Event venue 
3rd October  4th October  Irvine Golf Club
n/a  5th October  Glasgow Gailes  
n/a  6th October  Dundonald Links