Defending SCGA Amateur Champion and 2011 SCGA Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay turned pro last week, forgoing his final two years at UCLA.
Cantlay, 20, made his professional debut over the weekend at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., where he stumbled to a 75 on the first day, recovered nicely with a 67 in his next round but still missed the cut. At the same tournament last year, playing as an amateur, he shot a tournament-low round of 60.
“I am so grateful to UCLA and the NCAA for the relationships I’ve formed and the opportunities I’ve had to compete and develop at the collegiate level,” Cantlay said in a statement. “I have a tremendous passion and respect for the game of golf and can’t wait for the challenge of taking my game to the next level.”
As an amateur, Cantlay appeared in eight PGA Tour events and had four top-25 finishes. He also earned low-amateur honors at the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 Masters.
Cantlay signed with the same agent who represents Tiger Woods, Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management.