Queenslander Becky Kay has turned professional after advancing to the second stage of the LPGA Tour's qualifying school in the US.
That result guarantees the 20-year-old at least partial status on the secondary Symetra Tour next year, but she will be aiming for much higher at the second and final qualifying stages next month.
"I've had quite a successful amateur career and I'm super grateful for everyone who has helped me get this far but I feel I'm ready to jump in the deep end," Kay said.
"I feel it's been a long time coming ... since the age of 13 I have been in Golf Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport programs and I've had so much support which has made these goals attainable."
"I've had quite a successful amateur career and I'm super grateful for everyone who has helped me get this far but I feel I'm ready to jump in the deep end.” – Becky Kay
ALPG CEO and former tour star Karen Lunn is tipping a successful pro career for Kay, who has represented Australia 12 times as an amateur and earned a coveted Karrie Webb Series scholarship in each of the past three years.
"I have known Becky for a number of years now and she is the latest in a long line of incredibly talented and well-credentialed young female players, including Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Hannah Green, to take the plunge into professional golf," Lunn said.
"Becky has shown through her performances in ALPG events over the past five years that she has the game to succeed.
"Many wise heads who have watched her progression feel that she has the talent and the X-factor required to succeed at the highest level."