Rising Aussie golf star Harrison Crowe has turned professional and will make his pro debut at the Nexus Advisernet Bowra & O’Dea WA Open in October.
The New South Welshman’s switch to the pro ranks brings to a close a stellar amateur career that saw him land significant titles at home and abroad, as well as playing in two Major championships.
Crowe, aged 21, has taken up the PGA Tour of Australasia exemption he received for winning the 2022 NSW Open at Concord GC, which was due to expire at the end of the 2023/2024 season.
The decision to go pro means that Crowe will forgo the opportunity to defend his Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship title at Royal Melbourne GC from October 26-29.
His victory at the 2022 APAC Amateur earned Crowe exemptions into the 2023 US Masters and Open Championship, where he played alongside Min Woo Lee on both occasions.
With three DP World Tour cards and exemptions to international Qualifying Schools on offer through the Order of Merit – not to mention DP World Tour co-sanctioning of the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Open – Crowe knows the path forward starts on home soil.
“To have the goals that I want to achieve, I need to be playing a full season,” said Crowe. “If I was to wait any longer and miss those additional events, I could be starting behind the eight ball with regards to the Order of Merit. I don’t feel like I should be trying to skip any of the steps; I need to earn my right to play on certain tours.
“For the time being, it’s getting myself on the PGA Tour of Australasia where I do feel comfortable and letting my golf do the talking. I think I’m more than mentally ready to make that jump and it’s shaping up to be a nice schedule.”
You’ll be able to see Harrison in action at the Nexus Advisernet Bowra & O’Dea WA Open, which takes place at Joondalup Resort from October 5-8. Entry is free for spectators.
A version of this article first appeared on the Golf Australia website. Image credit: Australian Golf Media