Double EuroPro champion Marcus Armitage signs with Ignite Sports

Marcus Armitage, right, with Ignite Sports' Duncan McCarthy.
Marcus Armitage, right, with Ignite Sports' Duncan McCarthy.

CHALLENGE Tour newcomer Marcus Armitage, of Howley Hall, has taken steps to ease the burden of sorting out his 2016 tournament schedule by signing with Ignite Sports.

Armitage won twice on the EuroPro tour in the season recently finished, which helped earn his elevation to the second tier of European golf.

In his second spell working with Ignite's Duncan McCarthy as his performance coach, Armitage lifted both the GRENKE and Tree of Life titles and finished fourth on the Order of Merit.

Stepping up to compete on a tour that in 2015 visited 20 countries will require extensive planning in terms of scheduling, logistics and sponsorship.

Concerned that this might impinge on the impact he can make on the course, Armitage has chosen Ignite to represent him while continuing his successful coaching relationship with McCarthy.

"Ignite has very close relationships with the appropriate people and businesses to support the administration of bookings, planning etc, which will keep things very simple and straight forward for Marcus," said McCarthy.

Armitage commented: "Duncan has been a rock for me. He is always there when I need him with great advice and support.

"He looks after more than just my golf game and it was an obvious move to have Ignite look after all my affairs both on and off the course.

"Above all else he knows I am good at playing golf and should only focus on that without distractions and that's what we have been doing and will do."

This winter, Armitage will be competing abroad in various events before the Challenge Tour season begins in March.

Throughout the coming weeks and months, Ignite and Armitage will be looking for appropriate sponsors, both corporate and private.