Nigel (left) and Alan below at the launch of the Tour
Along with his fellow professional and good friend, Nigel Scott-Smith, Alan founded The Optical Express Pro Golf Tour in 2011.
The aim of The Optical Express Pro Golf Tour was to drive golfing excellence, by offering all male and female golf professionals, and invited amateurs a platform to develop their game.
Playing 6 x 36-hole strokeplay events at each of the 6 Tournaments held at some of the most regarded golf courses in Scotland where players competed for a guaranteed minimum £8,000 prize fund at each venue.
In 2011 the Tour reached a climax in December when the top 24 from the 2011 money list qualified to play in the (all expenses paid) International Tour Championship held in Mallorca, Spain at the prestigious Son Gual golf complex. The International Tour Championship boasted a guaranteed prize-fund of £10,000 of which the top 12 from the 24 qualifiers were paid. Ex European Tour player Greg Hutcheon from Banchory took home the first prize of £4,000.
In order to take the Tour to a new level and secure its future, Alan and Nigel handed the Tour over to the Scottish PGA in 2012.