Australian amateur Daniel Nisbet has qualified for the U.S. Amateur, only two months after completing an 18-month suspension for possession of a prohibited substance.
Nisbet was suspended from Nov. 25, 2009, to May 24, 2011, by the Court of Arbitration for Sports. The suspension was recognized by the International Golf Federation, effectively banning him from professional and amateur competition.
Nisbet shot 69-64 on July 25 for a four-shot victory in a U.S. Amateur qualifier at The Honors Golf Club in Dallas.
According to The Associated Press, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service stopped Nisbet at Brisbane Airport on Aug. 10, 2009, while he was attempting to re-enter the country after competing in a golf tournament in Canada. Nesbit was carrying Norandrostene, an anabolic steroid which contained the banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone, a steroid also known as DHEA and listed as an anabolic agent on the World Anti-Doping Code prohibited list. Athletes can face a maximum two-year ban for possessing a banned substance, but Nisbet’s suspension was reduced to 18 months after the CAS determined he was not attempting to cheat.
The Courier & Mail wrote at the time of the suspension that “Nisbet has been regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Australian golf, achieving more success at the amateur level than Greg Norman at the same age. Nisbet was the 2008 Australian junior winner and two-time Queensland junior champion. He was in the top 30 of the world amateur golf rankings at the time of his suspension.
Nisbet has been competing in the United States this summer, including a 16th-place finish at the Southern Amateur and 20th-place showing at the Sahalee Players Championship.