Date: July 06, 2010

Giles makes pro switch

Golf Australia National Squad member Matthew Giles will turn professional after a successful amateur career. Giles, who has been based at the University of Southern California for several years, will play in a number of events in preparation for US PGA Tour Q-School at the end of the year. “I felt as though after a few years of invaluable experience at USC that I was ready to take the next step in turning professional,” Giles said. “I&aposm excited about what lies ahead and plan on playing in a number of events in preparation for PGA Q-School towards the end of this year.” “I would like to thank Golf Australia and the NSWGA for their support throughout my junior and subsequent amateur career.” In a successful 2009, Giles was selected on the GCAA PING All-American First Team, 2009 All-Nicklaus Team and was crowned PAC-10 Co-Golfer of the Year. A former winner of the Callaway World Junior Championship, Giles also represented Australia at last year&aposs Four Nations Cup. At stages in 2009 Giles was the top ranked collegiate player on the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings with six top-5 finishes and eight top-20 finishes. His low round in 2009 was 63 in the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford. Giles is a member of The Australian Golf Club.