Geraldton golfer Matthew Lloyd White is set to make his professional debut at this weekend’s 46th annual Spalding Park Open. The 54 holes stroke competition, which tees of on Friday at the Spalding Park Golf Club and runs until June 12, has a prize pool of $35,000. It is one of the most highly regarded tournaments on the PGA WA calendar, drawing world class professionals to the Mid West. White said he was looking forward to playing his first pro event in his home town. “I think this is my sixth year playing, just the other five years I’ve played as an amateur . . . but never been able to compete for money as such,” he said. He is currently completing a three year PGA of Australia course, which focuses on the coaching and management side of the game. “It’s more for people who want to coach for a living and go down that pathway, be head pros. But it also gives you access to playing these Pro-Am events.” While he enjoys competing, White said he wants to coach in the future. “I’m only about six months into the course out of the three years. Eventually I want to coach, but playing is a bit of a bonus as well.” Golf has experienced a resurgence among younger people in the Mid West in recent years and White said he is happy to see the game grow.