Paul began playing golf at 13 and played county golf at all levels from U-16's through to 6 Man Area Team finals for Dunbartonshire, and was the County Matchplay champion in 2008.
Paul spent 4 ½ years at Stirling University on a golf scholarship, and was a playing member of 2 British University Matchplay Championship winning teams and 3 Scottish University winning teams. Paul also played for Great Britain in the World University Championships at Sun City in 2008, finishing 3rd. In the same year, he also represented the R&A at the Manuel Prado Cup in Lima, Peru finishing 7th individually and 3rd in the team event.
In 2009, he won the R&A Bursars event earning a spot in the European Palmer Cup Team for that year. Away from university, he won the SGU Champion of Champions at Leven Links in 2008, and also finished as the top qualifier in the 2008 Spanish Amateur Championship at Pals Golf Club.