Waterford rookie Kevin Phelan is the new touring professional for Jack Nicklaus gem Mount Juliet.
The 23-year-old, who clinched the best finish of his European Tour career in South Africa on Sunday, will sport the Kilkenny resort’s logo on his golf bag.
“I am delighted to become the attached tour professional for Ireland’s premier parkland course,” said Phelan, who tied for sixth at the Tshwane Open. “The facilities are world class and it is an honour to be associated with a venue that has hosted many prestigious tournaments.”
The WGC - American Express Golf Championship was held at Mount Juliet in 2002 and 2004, in addition to three successive Irish Opens from 1993. The resort also boasts a luxurious hotel and spa, while its Lady Helen restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star last September.
“This is very exciting,” said Anthony Brady, Mount Juliet’s director of sales and marketing. “Kevin holds the values we appreciate — he is an extremely talented golfer, but also a gentleman. We hope Mount Juliet becomes a home away from home for him and believe the association is a natural fit.”
Phelan has enjoyed a superb 12 months, making the cut at the US Open while still an amateur before winning two points out of three for Great Britain & Ireland at the Walker Cup.
Having turned professional at the KLM Open in September, the University of North Florida Psychology major earned his card at Qualifying School in November and finished 24th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship – his first tournament as a card-carrying professional.
Phelan also has sponsorship deals with O'Callaghan Hotels, FL Partners, Oakley and Titleist.