As I reported last week, Canadian amateur standout Matt Hill has announced he’ll turn pro today and play in the Memorial this week:
Matt Hill, who enjoyed one of the most successful seasons ever by a collegiate golfer last year, announced today that he is turning professional and signing with IMG, the world’s leading sports, entertainment and media company, for worldwide management and marketing representation.
Hill will make his professional debut at The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley this week and also announced today that he proudly selected Nike as his equipment provider. Chris Armstrong will serve as Hill’s manager at IMG.
The 21-year old Hill hails from Bright’s Grove, Ontario, the same hometown as Mike Weir, the Canadian golfing hero that Matt grew up idolizing. After a promising Freshman season (2007-08) at North Carolina State University that saw him earn his first collegiate win, Hill went on to a record-tying Sophomore season with eight victories, including the NCAA individual Championship. Hill’s eight wins in a school year not only tied the NCAA record held by Tiger Woods (1995-96), but earned him the Jack Nicklaus Award as collegiate player of the year, the Haskins Award as outstanding collegiate golfer, and Golfweek’s Player of the Year award.
I’m catching up with Hill this morning — and will add a follow up later today.