17-year-old junior phenom, Akshay Bhatia, has had quite a successful ride in his junior and amateur days and all of it left to do is shine on the professional front too.
Bhatia who had earlier made a commitment of making his pro-debut at the next week’s Safeway Open announced his intentions to make his debut at the Sanderson Farms Championship, starting today, an absolute look of the young man raring to go.
“That feeling when the time has officially come,” Bhatia wrote on Instagram. “A special thanks to everyone on my team that has helped me get here this week, especially my family for supporting me all the way. Let’s do this!
The Wake Forest, N.C., resident announced in May that he had signed with Lagardere Sports for management and marketing representation, and targeted the fall in multiple interviews as a launch for his pro career.
Bhatia, fifth in the World Amateur rankings, has won five junior and amateur events in the past year, highlighted by a victory at the Jones Cup Invitational. He made his first start in a PGA Tour event earlier this season at the Valspar Championship and was able to Monday qualify, and make the cut, at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship.