Georgia Tech golfer Shun Yat Hak will not return to school in the fall.
“I thought it might be the right time for me,” said Hak, a native of Lake Mary, Fla. “I just wanted to do what was best for me. I just hope it goes well.”
Hak, who would have been a sophomore at Georgia Tech, will make his professional debut this week at the NGA Tour event’s Honda Powersports Classic at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C.
“We’re disappointed that Jason (Hak’s nickname) will not be returning,” head coach Bruce Heppler said in a Georgia Tech athletic statement on Tuesday. “But we respect his and his family’s wishes for Jason’s future and wish him the best.”
The former No. 1-ranked junior golfer played in nine events during his freshman year, finishing in the top 15 twice. He compiled a 73.0 stroke average while helping the Yellow Jackets to a semifinal finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple course.
Hak has signed up for Web.com Tour Q-School in the fall, and if the timing works out, he will also go to European Tour Q-School.
“Every golfer has some kind of decision on when they will turn pro, and maybe even junior players, and that time is now,” Hak said. “I really enjoyed being in school and with my teammates and my coach. I love Georgia Tech and the experience I had.
“Just someday I had to leave college and start my professional career.”