SA amateyr star Frittelli turns pro
South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli turned professional on Monday, signing with IMG as his representative company.
Frittelli will make his professional debut this week at the BMW International in Cologne, Germany, courtesy of a sponsor’s invitation after an outstanding amateur career which saw him spend the last four years representing the University of Texas and finishing his college career ranked third on the final individual college rankings.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Frittelli won the 2008 South African Boys Championship and was ranked No 1 on both the South African Amateur rankings and South African Junior Rankings before heading to the renowned University of Texas on a golf scholarship. His college career was littered with accolades and awards, culminating at the NCAA Championships when he sunk a 30ft birdie putt to win the NCAA Championships for the Texas Longhorns at Riviera Country Club two weeks ago.
Through his excellent senior year Frittelli earned 1st Team All American status and won the 2012 Byron Nelson Award, given to the collegiate golfer with the best playing, academic and community service record.
Frittelli explained, “I had an amazing experience at college developing both my golf and myself and now I feel I am ready for life as a professional golfer and can’t wait to get started. I am delighted to be teaming up with IMG who I believe are best placed to guide me through the next phase of my career. They have all the knowledge and experience of working with the best players at every stage of their careers and, with offices around the world, they have the global coverage I hope I will need as my career develops.”
He continued, “I am very grateful to BMW for giving me the chance to start my career at such a prestigious event and hope I can do this fantastic opportunity justice. I have only played in Europe once and that was also in Germany, so I’m really looking forward to going back.”