NZ Golfer To Turn Pro For Next Week’s US Open
May 28, 2021 by Stewart Coggin
New Zealand golfer Amelia Garvey will make her professional debut in next week’s US Open.
The 20-year-old was set to turn pro at the LPGA Qualifying School in August but a phone call from her coach Ryan Lumsden following her three-person playoff win at the US Women’s Open Qualifier changed her mind.
Garvey feels that turning pro now makes sense after finishing her college career at the University of Southern California just a few days ago.
“It doesn’t feel real, to be honest,” she said. “To be able to call myself a professional is weird as it’s something I’ve been working towards for so long and now the day has finally come. I don’t think you could write the script any better.
“I actually didn’t think about turning professional until I qualified for the US Women’s Open a few weeks ago. I spoke to my coach that night and he asked if that was something I had thought about.
“It worked out perfectly with my last college tournament being the NCAA Championship this week and not really having too much planned until LPGA Q-School.
“Yes, it is a fairly quick transition, but I think it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up and everything has fallen into place really nicely since I made the decision.”
Garvey, who will turn 21 a day before she starts the US Open, says her career goal is to win a major along with the Olympics.
“Fittingly I want to win a major,” she added. “I was born in England and I’ve always wanted to win the British Open and now that golf is in the Olympics, I wouldn’t mind being an Olympian and win a gold medal as well. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.
“Those are my two ambitions, majors and medals.”
/Stewart Sports news editor