Colt Knost, coming off one of the great years in amateur golf in recent memory, announced he is turning pro and will make his professional debut at the PGA Tour Texas Open in San Antonio next week.
This year Knost, who played collegiately at SMU, won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship, and was a key member of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team.
Knost will seek other exemptions into the few remaining PGA Tour events this year, and will go through PGA Tour qualifying (having to start in the First Stage).
Through is amateur victories in 2007, Knost had received spots in the field at the 2008 Masters, U.S. Open and British. But since he is turning pro, he forfeits all of those exemptions.