Tom Lewis joins golf’s professional ranks

PUBLISHED: 13:07 16 September 2011

Tom Lewis with the Silver Medal he won at The Open Championship

Tom Lewis with the Silver Medal he won at The Open Championship


WELWYN Garden City golfer Tom Lewis has today (Friday) formally announced he has turned professional.

The 20-year-old former Monk’s Walk School pupil revealed his decision at WGC Golf Club in Mannicotts, the club where golfing legend Nick Faldo also started out in the sport.

Lewis ended his successful amateur career in style as part of the Great Britain and Ireland team which beat their USA counterparts to lift the Walker Cup last weekend.

It has been some year for the Herts ace as he shot to fame after taking a first day joint lead in The Open Championship at Royal St George’s in July.

He carded a five-under-par 65 to share the first round lead at Sandwich alongside Dane Thomas Bjorn.

In doing so, Tom became the first amateur since Michael Bonallack in 1968 to be leading the way in the most famous of golf tournaments.

His round of 65 was also the lowest by an amateur in the entire 140 Open Championships, and the joint lowest in any major.

He went on to win the Silver Medal for the highest placed amateur in the event.

Lewis must now earn around £200,000 from seven tournaments to avoid the usual route of becoming as professional player through the Qualifying School.

He is expected to begin that quest at the Austrian Golf Open next week which takes place at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, near the Austrian capital Vienna

For further coverage see Wednesday’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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