People say you never know the right time to become a professional golfer, but for Ben Ferguson, the time is now.
The emerging WA talent made his decision to turn professional upon return from the UK Summer, and tactically believes his debut is best served on the fairways of Mount Lawley Golf Club.
The 20-year-old will tee up at the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open for an seventh time next Thursday, but this tournament will be vastly different.
“I think it’s a good time,” Ferguson said.
“I’ve had a plan in place over the past six months and had aimed to turn (pro) near the end of the year.”
“I’ve got a different outlook on the sport now and understand that this is going to be my job.”
The five-time WA State Squad member has built the foundations of his career through the High Performance program at GolfWA and is determined to make the most of the opportunities given to him.
“I’ve got Q-School for ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia towards the end of the year, but I am certainly looking at trying to qualify for the bigger Australian events,” he mentioned.
“The Aussie Open and NSW Open, hopefully I can get a few runs in those events.”
Ferguson couldn’t be more pleased to begin life as a professional on home soil, enjoying the comfort of home and the support from family and friends.
“It’s a really special event,” he claimed.
“I imagine my Pro-debut to be an awesome experience but to be teeing up at home makes it even better.”
“I think it’s my seventh Open and I am really looking forward to playing and getting plenty of home support.”
As long as Ben Ferguson can remember it has been a childhood dream to become a professional golfer; however the Vines product will look back upon his Amateur days fondly, pinpointing the Interstate Series as his finest memory.
“Overseas I’ve had a few good finishes – St Andrews Links,” he remembered.
“The Interstate Series was the real highlight for me though, that was the most enjoyable time of the year. Travelling with a group of mates to play golf for your state is unreal.”
“I am so excited,” he laughed. “As a kid it’s always a dream to turn pro but at the moment it doesn’t feel too different.”
“I am sure that will change come Thursday.”