Lismore touring golf pro, Rhein Gibson, is preparing for a big year on the course. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star
Lismore touring golf pro, Rhein Gibson, is preparing for a big year on the course. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson joins PGA Tour

LISMORE golfer Rhein Gibson has achieved a lifelong dream after securing a spot on the PGA Tour.

Gibson, 29, cemented his place after finishing fourth in the Web.com Championship event in Florida yesterday.

He finished 10th overall in the secondary tour's four-week finals series with the top 25 earning tour cards.

"It all started here (Lismore) for Rhein when he was eight years old," Lismore Workers Golf Club professional Peter Jaeger said.

"This is a massive day for our club and for Lismore itself.

"He is a kid that started out in the bush and has now made it to the elite level of his sport.

"He always received plenty of local support and he would be feeling 10-foot tall and bullet proof at the moment."

Gibson moved to the United States as an 18-year-old on a college scholarship in Oklahoma.

He made worldwide headlines in 2012 with his 16-under 55 at the River Oakes Golf Club confirmed as the lowest score shot in the history of a regulation 18-hole course.

He played in the British Open last year after a fourth-placed finish in the Australian Open before joining the Web.com tour.

"It is unbelievable looking back at where he was just 12 months ago," Jaeger said.

"He wasn't even on the secondary tour so joining that was enormous.

"I always thought he could make it, it was just a matter of the stars aligning and everything coming together on the day."

"There was plenty of pressure going into this tournament; he knew if he made the cut he would get his card."

Far North Coast golfers and supporters will get the opportunity to see him play in a tournament at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast in December.

"I know Rhein is good friends with Jason Day and hopefully he gets the chance to practice with him and some of the other guys," Jaeger said.

"I think then he will realise he is just as good as them and belongs on the Tour."



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