Date: January 15, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Sinnott the collector turns hunter

Victorian Todd Sinnott fielded questions like a seasoned pro – it’s the balls flying around his head that are an entirely different matter.

Sinnott fronted his first press conference as a professional golfer today at his training base of the past few years, the Victorian Institute of Sport in South Melbourne after announcing his progression from amateur ranks on Tuesday.

And there’s one more part of the 22-year-old’s life that he’ll continue to visit for at least for another fortnight – his slightly less than glamorous job as a ball collector at Ascot Vale’s Riverside Golf Club’s driving range.

“I probably will (keep doing that) for a couple of weeks … I need to get around (and that provides my) petrol money,” Sinnott said with a huge smile.

“So everyone can come down and hit balls at me for a couple of weeks as I drive around in the cart.”

Sinnott, a regular in the world’s top 20 amateurs for the past year, confessed that he still loved the job, even though his dawning pro career is about to send his life in an entirely different direction.

“It’s still good fun. I’ve worked a lot of jobs like Christmas decorations with a mate, I was a plumber for a week – the worst week of my life – but it’s all good.

“It gives you a good perspective and it makes you appreciate what you’re doing.

“But hopefully I’ll (do well enough) to give it the flick … give my brother the shifts,” he joked.

Sinnott will play five events in six weeks from the start of February, starting with the Oates Victorian Open at Thirteenth Beach.

He confirmed he was eyeing as many starts as possible in Europe this winter, most likely on the Challenge Tour.

But having officially entered the Vic Open, he has surrendered his amateur status and is unable to compete at next week’s Australian Amateur Championship in Sydney.