After a superb amateur career, Western Australian and National Squad member Oliver Goss has turned professional.
The 20 year-old Royal Fremantle member missed the cut at the U.S Open at Pinehurst but will make his first start as a professional on the PGA Tour this week at the Travellers Championship in Connecticut.
He will continue on the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland and the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia in the following weeks.
“”I’m excited about turning professional and looking forward taking on the challenges that life in the pro ranks brings,” Goss said.
“I’ve been fortunate to have some fantastic experiences already as an amateur golfer and I’ll take that into my life as a professional golfer,” Goss added.
Goss, who has been studying and playing at the University of Tennessee, made history at The Masters in April by becoming the first Australian to win the Low Amateur honours. He finished runner-up at the 2013 U.S Amateur Championship and his breakthrough performance came at the 2012 WA Open when he won his first professional tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
“I’d like to thank Golf Australia, the University of Tennessee, Royal Fremantle Golf Club and Golf WA for their support over the years of my amateur career,” Goss said.
“Without all that support and particularly that of my family, friends and coach Ritchie Smith, I wouldn’t have got to the position I am in now,” Goss said.
Goss finishes his amateur career ranked 12 on the World Amateur Rankings and will become a member of Golf Australia’s Rookie Professional Squad.
Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said Goss had a bright future ahead.
“We wish Oliver well as he embarks on this next stage of his career,” James said.
“Oliver has performed extremely well over the last two years and has proven that he can compete and be successful at the international level. We will continue to work closely with Oliver as he makes the transition into the professional ranks,” James added.