Russell Knox turns professional
Former Dolphin begins quest for the PGA Tour on Sept. 18
Aug. 28, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After enjoying a prolific golf career at JU, Russell Knox announced that he will turn professional in a press conference on Tuesday.
Knox's decision follows being named to the Southeast all-region team for the second straight year and recognized as an honorable mention All-America selection in 2006.
Closing out his collegiate career, Knox notched 18 top 20 finishes in his final 19 events.
"Russell leaves JU as one of the most decorated and successful golfers since Donnie Hammond," said JU head coach Jim Taketa. "Russell's dedication, instinct and natural ability will lead him to success as a professional. With tremendous local support from his friends and family, he will easily make the transition from amateur to professional golf. I'm looking forward to watching his journey."
Among his amateur achievements and accolades, Knox, born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, was one of six amateurs chosen to represent Scotland in the under-21 European Team Championship last summer. More recently, Knox finished second in the Jacksonville City Amateur and narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Open by a single stroke.
Knox signed an exclusive representation agreement with Axcess Sports and Entertainment. Michael Huyghue, Axcess' President and CEO, is the former Jacksonville Jaguar Senior Vice President of Football Operations.
TRANSCRIPT FROM Russell Knox PRESS CONFERENCE Russell Knox: Thank you very much for being here today, it means a lot to me. Its great to be back at Jacksonville and it is even better to not be taking any classes.
I am here today to announce my intentions to turn professional. After having four successful years here at JU playing golf, I feel my game has improved enough to make the jump to the next level.
This is an extremely exciting day for me, I have been dreaming about it basically my whole life. I feel very fortunate that I am able to live my dream. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
I know it is going to be a little strange without Coach Taketa and my teammates by my side, but I really want to thank them for their great work the last few years and also all the other staff at JU.
I need to thank some people that really helped me. First of all, Axcess Sports, who today will become my management team - Brian Sheeran and Michael Huyghue for their hard work and I really look forward to having a successful relationship with them.
I also want to thank Taylor Made golf. Yesterday I had a great opportunity to be fit down with their equipment in Georgia and I look forward to playing with their equipment. Next, I'd like to thank Marsh Landing Country Club for allowing me to use their facilities to practice and try to improve my game.
Biggest thanks to my family and my parents, without their support and funding, this would have never been a possibility. I thank that them very much and really mean it. Thank you all for being here and contributing to make this a very special day for me.
Q: Russell, talk about your plans and schedule as you begin your professional career.
RK: On the 18th of September, I begin pre-qualifying for the PGA Tour Q-School, that will be in Texas. I look forward to trying to make it through that and seeing how far I can go, hopefully making it all the way. If that doesn't happen I will be playing in the winter section of the Hooters Tour, which is based close to Orlando, and probably try to Monday qualify for some Nationwide Tour events and possibly a PGA Tour event.
Q: What kind of cut are you going to give Coach Taketa?
RK: He deserves a lot, we'll see what happens. Hopefully, the Russell Knox learning center at JU!