Cam Smith takes the leap to the pro ranks

Current Australian Amateur champion Cameron Smith has confirmed a move to the professional ranks and will fly immediately to the United States in pursuit of starts on the Tour.

The 19-year-old Queenslander enjoyed a superb amateur career with a host of prestigious titles to his name, including the Australian Amateur Championship, Australian Junior Championship, Australian Stroke Play Championship and various state titles.

Cameron Smith Cameron Smith (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I’m ready for the challenge and the playing opportunities in the professional ranks. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to starting my pro career and hope to follow in the footsteps of Greg Norman and Adam Scott,” Smith said.

“I would like to thank Golf Australia and their High Performance staff for all their support over the last few years and I’d also like to thank Golf Queensland for their fantastic support in my development as a golfer.”

“I could not have got this far without them.”

Smith has performed admirably in a number of professional events to date, finishing fourth at last year’s Queensland PGA Championship and finishing in 14th place and leading amateur at the 2012 Australian Open at The Lakes.

He has only recently returned from the UK where he contested the British Amateur Championship in June, reaching the second round of the matchplay series.

Smith is entering pre-qualifying for four upcoming Tour events, starting with the Midwest Classic in Kansas next week.