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Former USGA Amateur Champion, Peter Uihlein, has chosen to turn professional and will begin her career on January 1, 2012. Uihlein, 22, enjoyed an outstanding amateur career in the United States, claiming a host of prestigious titles, including the USGA Men’s Amateur Championship in 2010.

He will focus his attention on Europe seeking playing privileges on the main European Tour or the Challenge Tour and will make his professional debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship next month. A product of the American collegiate system at Oklahoma State University, Uihlein was the highest ranked amateur in the world for 52 weeks from June 2010, and twice represented the United States in the Walker Cup, compiling a 6-2 record.

As a junior he was voted American Junior Golf Association AJGA Rolex Player of the Year twice. His 26 top-ten finishes between 2004 and 2007 included six wins and place him 8th in the all-time list of American Boys. Nine amateur and collegiate victories in the space of 18 months earned Uihlein a slew of awards, including the R&A Amateur of the Year Award in 2010 and the Ben Hogan Award in 2011. Uihlein will be represented in his professional career by International Sports Management.

“The PGA European Tour plays all over the world from the United Kingdom to China, from Korea to South Africa and from the Middle East to Southeast Asia,” Uihlein said. “And those players who have played on the Tour, and who are still members, make for a pretty impressive list.”

Of his association with ISM, Uihlein said: “My goal is to be successful on the PGA European Tour and I just feel the ISM team is well positioned to help me achieve my goals.” ISM managing director, Chubby Chandler, said: “I am delighted that Peter is joining us. It is a pioneering move by him. The obvious step would have been to try to establish his career in the United States, but having seen players like Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke build careers by playing all over the world, including America, Peter has been encouraged by that. I’m sure that he will benefit enormously from the experience.”