Richard Scott turns pro

Lots of talk yesterday about Kingsville, Ont. native, and three time Canadian Am champ, Richard Scott, who announced he was turning pro. No shock really, as it was expected to do so after playing the World Amateur team competition in South Africa. He won’t go to Q-School (that will happen next year, apparently), and instead will play a variety of different tours next year.

Henry Brunton was effusive in his praise:

“He has a level of experience and maturity that I dare say no one in Canada has ever had at this age,” said national men’s team coach Henry Brunton, who has worked with Scott for the past eight years. “He’s got an incredible amount of experience and he’s really going to be able to draw on it.

“It’s time. It’s time for him to get out there and compete with top-level pros.”

Of course Scott’s amateur success does not guarantee success on the pro circuit. Just take Brent Franklin. Richard Zokol said there were tons of expectations for Franklin after he won three straight Canadian Amateur titles. But he never made it in the pros, and now is a coach in Colorado.

That said, I’m hoping Scott can make it. He’s a well spoken kid with tons of ability.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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