Coletta will join the paid ranks at next week’s Singapore Open (January 19-22) and soon afterwards try his hand on the US PGA Tour.
The 20-year-old from Melbourne is changing status after reaching a career-high No.7 in the world amateur rankings but, more importantly for the next phase of his career, after a string of stunning results in PGA Tour of Australasia events around Australia.
Coletta, a member of the Golf Australia national squad for the past three years, roared to prominence when he finished runner-up to good mate and fellow Australian Curtis Luck in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in September.
But having watched the chance to play in The Masters agonisingly slip through his fingers in South Korea, Coletta quickly displayed the tenacity for which he's already renowned.
The Woodlands Golf Club member became the first amateur since Stuart Appleby in 1991 to win the Queensland Open.
He backed that up with a superb runner-up finish at the New South Wales Open and then went deep again in Queensland with a T6 finish against a top international field at the Australian PGA Championship.
“It's been a big couple of months, that's for sure,” Coletta said with typical understatement.
“I have been working hard for several years to reach the point where I think my game can contend at the professional level and those results proved to me that it's time to give it a shot.
“Losing out to Curtis in the Asia-Pacific Amateur was a pretty tough hit to take, but it also taught me a lot of invaluable lessons you can't always find on the practice range.
“I think I showed it didn't affect me and that I learnt from it, so hopefully my game will stand up in Singapore and beyond.”
Coletta has signed with management company Wasserman to represent his interests, following in the steps of Jason Day, Cameron Smith and fellow Victorian Marc Leishman, with the plan to join that trio on the US PGA Tour for several tournaments during 2017.
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