Sun Sets on Stellar Amateur Career for Felton
As the sun sets over the beautiful island of Fiji, so too does it over the amateur career of prominent Western Australian golfer Jarryd Felton as he prepares to tee it up in his first event as a professional.
Twenty year old Felton from Gosnells Golf Club in Perth made the decision to move into the professional ranks of golf following a strong showing at the recent Asia Amateur Championship in Hong Kong where he finished in a tie for 19th after the final round was cancelled due to bad weather.
Felton’s profile in golf nationally and internationally has risen from strength to strength with major achievements including being a four time WA State Team Member (2012-2015), two time winner of the Mandurah Amateur Championship (2013, 2014), TAS Open Champion (2014), NSW Open Champion (2014) and member of the National Squad in 2015. Most recently, Felton represented Australia at the Argentine Amateur and Southern Cross Invitational where he finished runner up in both events. He also went undefeated in the 2015 Interstate Series as #1 seeded player and finished the major amateur season winning the WA Paxton Averages with the second lowest average in history of 68.47.
Felton, who has signed with international management group TLA (The Legacy Agency), will play his first event as a professional at this week’s Fiji International after receiving a tournament exemption from the PGA of Australia.
“I’m really excited to be making the move to the pro ranks and what better place to start than on this amazing island with some of the world’s best golfers!” Felton said following his first practice round on the Natadola Bay Golf Course.
“I have really enjoyed my amateur career and have had some amazing experiences playing in Australia and around the world thanks to the support of my parents, my Golf Club and of course Golf Australia and Golf WA. Whilst I’ll miss the amateur events I’ve grown to love, I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my golf career and life.”
Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James said Felton had the potential to become a successful international athlete.
“He’s a proven winner at national level events and has already had some success at Tier Two professional events,” James said. “His work ethic and desire to improve every day will hold him in good stead as he makes the transition from amateur golf.”
Golf WA CEO Gary Thomas was excited at the news another West Australian was preparing to carve out a career on tour following in the footsteps of a large number of high profile and successful golfers from the West.
“Jarryd has had a successful amateur career and in particular has taken his game to an elite level over the past 2 years. His success has been achieved through dedication and hard work and his decision to turn professional, as have other WA players in recent years, is also testament to the excellent work done by WA golf clubs and GolfWA in developing and supporting these players. We wish Jarryd the very best and look forward to following his professional career with interest.”
In his debut event, Felton will tee it up with the likes of Vijay Singh, world number 16 Matt Kuchar, Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen and Aussie legend Peter O’Malley. All will be vying for a piece of the AU$1.125m purse on offer.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide Jarryd with a tournament invite for the Fiji International,” said Simon Butterly, General Manager, Tournament Division of the PGA of Australia.
“An international tournament of this scale is sure to provide a memorable week for Jarryd in his first as a Professional. But also provide opportunities for him to launch his career. The winner of the Fiji International will be exempt onto the PGA Tour of Australasia through until 2018 as well as receiving Official World Golf Ranking points and of course the winner’s cheque of AU $202,500.”
“Throughout his amateur days Jarryd has shown great talent and potential. We look forward to seeing this develop throughout his Professional career as a player on the PGA Tour of Australasia.”
Following the Fiji International, Felton will return home to WA to compete in the TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie followed by the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open at Royal Fremantle.
Jarryd Felton Fact File
Home Club: Gosnells Golf Club
2015 Runner Up – Argentine Strokeplay
2015 Runner Up – Southern Cross Invitational
2015 Winner Paxton Averages (68.47)
2015 National Squad Member
2014 Tasmanian Open Champion
2014 NSW Amateur Champion
2014 Dunes Medal Champion
Two time Mandurah Amateur Champion (2014, 2013)
WA Mens State Team Representative (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)