After a solid year on the Queensland swing of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series, Queensland professional Jacob Boyce has been crowned the onPlatinum ICT Rookie of the Year.
Boyce has completed a successful debut season recording consistent performances throughout the year including five top-10 finishes and four wins including his first four round tournament victory at the Rockhampton Pro-Am.
Aside from the honour of being awarded Rookie of the Year, Boyce will also receive financial support to attend a Qualifying School, which will present the perfect opportunity to further his playing career.
The 22-year-old credits fellow PGA Pro Tim Bell as being the biggest influence on his career thus far, introducing him to golf at the of age 13 and nurturing and developing his game.
After spending a number of years learning and developing his game as a junior at the Maryborough Golf Club, Boyce began his PGA Traineeship at the Caloundra Golf Club in 2015.
Boyce was rewarded for his hard work and dedication in 2016, and again in 2017 winning the prestigious PGA Trainee tournament, the Pampling Plate.
“I made the decision to commence a PGA Traineeship because I felt it would provide me with a lot of playing opportunities and a well rounded view of the golf industry,” said Boyce.
“The opportunity to play under pressure regularly throughout my Traineeship allowed me to gain valuable experience which I have drawn on throughout my rookie year playing on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series.”
The Sunshine Coast based professional wanted to use this year as an opportunity to gain as much experience as possible on the Ladbrokes PGA Pro-Am Series while also improving his ranking on the Order of Merit.
“Winning this award affords me the opportunity to make the next step in my professional career,” said Boyce.
“My ultimate goal is to play golf on a fulltime basis and I would love the opportunity one day to compete on an international Tour.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been given so far in my career and with this financial support I am able to take the next step by attending Qualifying School.
“It is a great privilege to win this award and I would like to thank Robbie Bennetts and onPlatinum ICT for their support. They have been a large supporter of golf for many years and have provided many professionals before me an opportunity to further their careers.”
This is the seventh time the Rookie of the Year has been sponsored by onPlatinum, a partnership which looks to grow into the future.
“Since the beginning, the development of our team and nurturing of young talent has been paramount to onPlatinum”, said Group CEO at RB Enterprises group of companies Robbie Bennetts.
“For this reason, partnering with the PGA of Australia and the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series Queensland Rookie of the Year makes sense and we are proud to be a sponsor again this year.
“We know that through our sponsorship we can make a considerable difference to a young professional’s career which not only impacts them but their community as well.
“Congratulations to Jacob and we wish him the best of luck for his golfing career.”
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