Date: May 28, 2009

Arnold set for European pro debut

Golf Australia is pleased to confirm that Australian and World Number 1 amateur Scott Arnold has turned professional and will make his debut tonight at The European Open at The London Golf Club in Kent. Arnold s move into the professional ranks caps a superb amateur career with his representative honours beginning with the 2005 NSW Colts team. In March, Arnold, 23, won his maiden Srixon Australian Amateur Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club in a tight battle with National Squad team mate Daniel Beckmann (VIC). The victory followed good form which saw him win the Lake Macquarie Amateur in January. He also won the Australian Men’sFoursomes Championship in March with National Squad team mate Daniel Beckmann. Arnold played in Australian teams numerous times including the recent Southern Cross Cup win in New Zealand and believes he will adjust to Tour life. If I can go out there and play well and feel like I just belong here, that will be just great. Winning will then hopefully follow, Arnold said. The New South Wales Golf Club member will pursue the early stages of his career in Europe. Your game becomes more rounded from playing in Europe, as you have to learn to produce different types of shots under varying circumstances, Arnold said. AIS/Golf Australia High Performance Program Manager Peter Knight said I ve been extremely impressed with Scott s progress through state and national representation and with him being a member of the NSW Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. The timing of his turning professional is very soundly reasoned and I expect that he will grow to be very competitive on the European Tour.