Nationwide winner English turns professional, joins tour full time


Harris English confirmed speculation Tuesday that he’ll be turning professional, telling Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” that he will play as a pro at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic Sept. 22-25 in San Jacinto, Calif. reported Monday that English would turn professional and that his University of Georgia teammate Russell Henley will make a similar announcement soon as well.

English, 22, made headlines in July when he became the third amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event. After his debut at Soboba, English will play the WNB Golf Classic (Sept. 29-Oct. 2), the Children’s Hospital Classic (Oct. 6-9) and the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open (Oct. 20-23) at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

“My goal is to make the Nationwide Tour Championship, which would mean I’ll have a chance to earn my PGA Tour card, which is the ultimate goal,” English said. “In the near future, I would love to have the kind of immediate impact players such as Keegan Bradley and my former Georgia teammate Chris Kirk have had on the PGA Tour this year.”

The four-time University of Georgia All-American won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational played at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in July. English had 60 days to join the Nationwide Tour and now that he has he will play in the tournament winner category in 2011, and has the option to do so in 2012.