24 Oct 2012
Queensland's Daniel Nisbet moves into the pro ranks.
Former Golf Australia National Squad member Daniel Nisbet will make his pro debut at the John Hughes Geeley / Nexus Risk Services WA Open at Royal Perth Golf Club this week.
The Queenslander, who represented Australia at the Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey, arrives in the west following his extraordinary performance at the First Stage of PGA Tour Q-School in Texas where he won by 12 strokes.
“The week was good, I have played Lantana Golf Club a few times so I knew the course, I was very happy with my game and things went pretty well for me.”
“The goal was just to make the top 18 to go through to the next stage, obviously I knew the better position I got then the more chance that I was going to get my first preference for second stage.”
“It has been my dream for a long time, PGA TOUR is where I want to play for the rest of my career, hopefully it will work out, but I just want to stay grounded and put my best foot forward.”
He comes to Royal Perth having played the course on several occasions during his amateur career.
“We played the Australian Interstate Series here, junior and amateur, so I am pretty familiar with the course.”
“Queensland won the last Interstate series, I was part of the winning team so that was a great bonus, it’s a wonderful course and I really enjoy playing it.”
“It wouldn’t necessarily suit me, I mean it’s a very tight course and it’s just a lot of percentage plays and not necessarily a lot of drivers off the tee, if you can keep it on the fairway and your short game is nice and sharp you will be able to shoot a good number."
“I just want to take a few of the things I had going right for me last week (in Texas) and bring them into this week and put a good number on the board,” he added.
In addition to representing Australia, Nisbet's recent successes include winning the US Players Amateur Championship and Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship earlier this year. He finished runner-up to German Marcel Schneider at the Australian Amateur Championship in January.
“I had a long two day trip back home and straight across to Perth but hopefully I will be able to manage the jetlag quite well, I have done it a few times now so hopefully it won’t affect me too much”
“I had a good week last week and I just want to stay focused and not let last week judge how I go in this event.”
Ryan Peake will also make his Professional debut at the John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship after pre-qualifying for the tournament on Monday.
Entry into the John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship is free and play begins on Thursday.