By FRANK JUZENAS
At the age of 16, Yuvish Singh has announced he is becoming a professional golfer.
The Brampton resident made it official on his 16th birthday, April 22— which was also Earth Day.
Singh is currently in San Jacinto, California where he is in playing in the Canadian Professional Golf Tour Qualifying School, which wraps up today. He hopes that is the first step on a road which he hopes will include playing at the 2016 Olympics, when golf is scheduled to return to the Games as a medal sport.
“My decision to turn professional at an early age was to begin my quest to represent Canada in the 2016 Olympic Games,” wrote Singh in a letter sent to The Guardian. “When it was announced that golf would be returning to the Olympics after an absence of over 100 years, I immediately got the Olympic fever. I knew that I would have to turn professional and start posting scores on the World Golf Rankings sooner than later as the Games are just four years away,”
Because of his decision to go professional he will not be playing for Canada in the Optimist World Cup at PGA National, which he had been selected to comete in.
He said he has been training in Florida since last winter. During that time he has played a number of tournaments including the US Open regional qualifier, the Florida Open, the US Junior Amateur, US Men’s Amateur Qualifier, US Public Links Qualifier and the Optimist International World Championships, held at the Champions course at PGA National.
He had scores in the low 70’s and by August of 2011 secured a USGA handicap index of +4.3. He was the youngest player to qualify for the Florida Open at age 15, with a round of one-under par, 71.
At the Optimist International he played the “Bear Trap” with rounds of 76, 72 and 68 to finish second out of more than 130 players from around the world.
Singh said he has embarked on a five-year plan last year. After playing last season with golfers from the PGA, Nationwide and European Tours he is confident he can be good enough to represent Canada at the Rio Olympics.
Singh is a member at two private courses in Florida, Sara Bay Country Club and the Founders Club both in Sarasota and while at home he plays out of Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton with two courses.
As a junior player he won 36 tournaments in Canada and the US by age 14, which includes a record of 14 wins in one season, seven of those consecutive on the Canadian Junior Golf Association tour.
He said his parents are supportive and he plans to continue his education on line. After high school he plans to study International Business on-line at Florida International University and may pursue a law degree and join his parents in their law practice.
Singh has obtained sponsorship by Toronto Trial Lawyers, lead counsel Jack Fireman, QC.
Going into the Canadian Tour Q-School Singh said his game is not where he wants it to be but he will give it his best shot and is using the event as a way to gain experience. He will also register for the 2012 PGA Tour Q-School, the last time that format will be used for players hoping to gain their tour cards.
After the first two rounds of the Q-School on Tuesday and Wednesday Singh was tied for 89th after shooting 79, 78 for 157. The top 30 players at the end of Friday earn exempt status on the Canadian Tour while the top 60 and ties earn non-exempt status.
Heading into Thursday’s play Singh was four shots out of the top 60 and 10 strokes away from the top 30.
By FRANK JUZENAS