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Shelly Shin, the 2015 Women's Australian Amateur Champion, has turned professional.
The 18 year old will make her debut this week on the secondary Korean LPGA ’Jump’ tour. She took part in the first stage of the KLPGA tour school late last month.
"I always wanted to turn pro when I turned 18, so now felt like the right time,"
"I would like to play on the LPGA tour eventually if i'm good enough, but my goal for this year is to get a full KLPGA card."Shin said.
After winning the Women’s title at the Australian Golf Club in January last year, Shin returned to Korea in the middle of the year for family reasons. She was the no.1 ranked female amateur in the country at the time and had built an impressive resume of wins to match her Aussie Amateur title.
Shin, who played her golf at Concord Golf Club and listed former NSW Open Champion Ken Trimble as her coach, won the Queensland Amateur title, the Riversdale Cup and partnered with 2016 Australian Olympic Golf representatives Minjee Lee and Su Oh to win the World Amateur Team Championship in 2014.
Shin was a member of the Golf NSW State team, the Golf Australia National squad and the National team. She reached a high of no.9 in the women’s amateur world rankings after her Aussie Amateur win.
Shin arrived in Australia in 2006 as an eight -year-old and quickly attracted attention with her play around the Jack Newton Junior Golf events by the time she was a 13-year-old.