Date: September 12, 2007

Pike joins professional ranks

National Squad member Aaron Pike has decided to join professional ranks. The burly Queenslander will attempt to pre-qualify for US Nationwide Tour events in the coming weeks before competing for his US Tour Card at Tour School. Pike, a leading Australian amateur for the past two years, is particuarly well known for his headline-grabbing week at the Australian Masters in 2006. The 21-year old shot a career-best 64, equalling the Huntingdale course record on his way to a fourth place finish in what was his breakout event. Upon announcing his decision to turn professional, Pike said, “I am appreciative of all the support that I have received throughout my amateur career and in particular the support from the Queensland Academy of Sport. As a member of the QAS for the past 2 years, I have improved my skills to such a level, I know that the time is right to turn professional. “Also, I would like to thank Golf Australia for their unwavering support. I am very excited to start my professional career and be represented by SFX. The firm&aposs resources and expertise will help me get settled as a professional and achieve my long term goals around the world.” Aaron&aposs amateur career included wins at the 2005 Queensland Amateur Championship as well as the 2006 Victorian Amateur Championship. Click here to view Aaron Pike&aposs player profile