After a solid year on the Sunshine swing of the PGA Pro-Am Series, New South Wales Professional Dale Brandt-Richards has been crowned the illustrious Robbie Bennetts Enterprises Rookie of the Year.

Brandt-Richards' year on the Sunshine swing of the PGA Pro-Am Series was one of many ups and downs, but with six top 10's, his best finish being a runner-up result at the Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Pro-Am, Brandt-Richards amassed enough money to hold off his nearest rivals for the coveted title.

Aside from the great honour of being crowned Rookie of the Year, Brandt-Richards will also receive financial support to attend a Qualifying School, which will present the perfect opportunity to further his playing career.

Brandt-Richards' golfing career all started at South West Rocks, and after some time developing his game he moved to the Northern Beaches of Sydney, joining the Mona Vale Golf Club.

As an amateur Brandt-Richards represented at both Club and State level, and was a key member of the Mona Vale pennant team winning the club's first flag in 90 years. Brandt-Richards also had the honour of captaining the NSW State Team in 2015 prior to earning his Tour Card for the 2016 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season.  

The strategy for Brandt-Richards was to play as many pro-am events as he could in order to gain valuable experience while also improving his standing on the Order of Merit.

"It is a great honour to win this award and I would like to thank Robbie Bennetts Enterprises for their sponsorship of the award and the opportunity to further my career," said Brandt-Richards.

"Winning this award is like an early Christmas present and will assist me in my attempt to gain playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2017."

Robbie Bennetts Enterprises has been a huge supporter of golf for many years and is very proud to offer the next generation of Australian professionals an opportunity to further their careers on the international stage.

"If this financial support can give a young player the opportunity to achieve their goal of attending a Qualifying School, then it's a good reason to be involved," said Bennetts.

"I gain so much enjoyment from being involved in golf, especially watching young Professionals embark on their personal golfing journey, from the PGA Pro-Am Series right through until they are competing on the international stage"

The Sunshine swing forms part of the PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of 200 events Australia wide.

Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia the PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia's Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.