Interesting to see the new “amateur” golf blog (and I mean that it is about amateur golf, not written by an amateur) written by Chris Fry at ScoreGolf talking about how Brights Grove, Ont’s Matt Hill is turning pro at the end of his junior year. This comes on the news from an interview I did with Nick Taylor from Abbotsford, BC, that he’ll wait until after the U.S. Amateur to turn pro. “Winning the U.S. Am is a real goal of mine,” he said.
Hill’s breakthrough came last year when he won eight times at a sophmore.
Fry chronicles his stats:
A junior at North Carolina State University, Matt Hills resume through three years has been impressive. As a freshman he won the Hootie @ Bulls Bay tournament and collected all-American, all-Regional and all-ACC honours. In his sophomore year he churned out eight wins (including the ACC, Regional and NCAA Individual championships) ” six of which were in a row. He was ranked as the No. 1 college mens golfer by Golfstat and Golfweek; was the ACC golfer of the year; a PING all-American; and the Jack Nicklaus Award (top Div. I collegiate golfer) winner. This year he won his first tournament of the year just a few weeks ago at the Hootie @ Bulls Bay and was named ACC co-golfer of the month for March.
The question is whether this is too early. Taylor, who has been ranked the No. 1 amateur in the world, decided to wait. Hill has won significant tournaments, but hasn’t taken a U.S. Am or a Publinx.
Hill sounds confident, perhaps more so than Taylor, who told me he needs to be more consistent when he turns pro:
“I know I belong out there and I realize I dont really need to change my game that much, he said. I gained a lot of experience last year playing in those tournaments.
This will be an interesting year for Canadian golf. Both Hill and Taylor look like they could be successful pros, but that jump is a tough one — just ask Richard Scott or James Lepp.