Date: October 28, 2013
Author: Golf Queensland

Ashley Ona makes pro switch

nt Queensland Women's Amateur champion, Ashley Ona has confirmed she has moved into the professional ranks.

The 21-year-old Queenslander has enjoyed an outstanding amateur career, highlighted by winning her first professional tournament in 2011 at the Royal Canberra Ladies Classic.

Ona has represented Queensland for five consecutive years in the Interstate Team Matches (Girls' and Women's) and is a Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) scholarship holder. She has also represented Australia on numerous occasions.

"I knew I wanted to turn pro by the end of the year, so I talked to my coach Tony Meyer and we came to an agreement to finish off my amateur career at the Queensland Amateur Championship. Now I have my name on the trophy and I was able to finish on a high," Ms Ona said.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Golf Queensland for the ongoing support they have given me over the years and the QAS for their help in recent years. I'd also like to thank Tony Meyer and Matt Alhburg for believing in me and my family who have been there from day one."

Golf Queensland's Golf Operations Manager, Luke Bates said he was very excited for Ashley.

"In addition to Ashley's fantastic results throughout her time in the amateur ranks, she has been a great ambassador when representing her State," Mr Bates said.

"She has a great work ethic both on and off the course and I am sure she will be well rewarded for the hard work put in.

"Golf Queensland's High Performance Programs aim to develop player's abilities by providing a pathway to transition to the next level and it is always great to see players moving on into the professional ranks.

"We wish Ashley all the best in her future, and we will be following her progress closely in the coming years."

Ona will travel to New Zealand on Tuesday to play in the Anita Boon Pro Am for her first event as a professional. She will then be heading to the LET Q-School in Morocco at the end of November.

Ona is a member of Gailes Golf Club.