Top Irish amateur Kevin Phelan has turned professional and will make his debut at the KLM Open in The Netherlands this week.
The 22-year-old, who impressed at this year's US Open in finishing tied 62nd and won two points out of three for Great Britain and Ireland at last weekend's Walker Cup, will make his first appearance in the paid ranks at Kennemer G&CC after joining the International Sports Management stable alongside the likes of Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and company.
"It’s a big step, but one I am looking forward to taking," said Phelan, who will focus on the qualification processes for the European and US PGA Tours after playing in Zandvoort this week. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my amateur career and feel ISM offer the best options moving forward considering what they have done for so many young golfers."
Phelan was raised in Waterford before moving to St. Augustine, Florida, and studied at the nearby University of North Florida. He has a rich sporting heritage, which includes his father, John, playing professional squash. His brother, Brian, is also a university golfer in America.