Hawaiian teen will turn pro golfer
HONOLULU ” Another teenager from Hawaii is turning pro.
Tadd Fujikawa, the 16-year-old who became the youngest player in more than 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour, said Thursday he was giving up his amateur status and would made his pro debut in three weeks at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
“I will work hard to achieve my dreams as a professional golfer and to be a good representative for Hawaii,” Fujikawa said in a statement released by Patton Boggs, a Houston-based law firm that will represent him.
He scheduled a news conference later Thursday at Waialae Country Club, where in January the 5-foot-1 Fujikawa sent the gallery into a frenzy with an eagle on the 18th hole for a 66 that allowed him to make the cut at the Sony Open.
He stole the attention from Michelle Wie, the most popular golfer in Hawaii who turned pro at age 15. Wie, who just graduated high school, has spiraled into a miserable slump and has not broken par on any tour in nearly a year.
Fujikawa, who just finished his sophomore year at Moanalua High School, first drew attention in 2006 when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
Fujikawa received a sponsor’s exemption to the Reno-Tahoe Open, which starts Aug. 2.
Kevin Bell, a partner in the law firm who will serve as his attorney-agent, said Fujikawa will ask for other sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour or try to qualify on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and in Japan until he finishes high school.
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