UT golfer Jordan Spieth to turn pro
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Men's Golf sophomore Jordan Spieth has elected to forego his remaining eligibility and declare professional status, the All-American announced Friday.
“The decision to turn pro was a difficult one, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and accomplishing the many goals I’ve set for myself on and off the course,” said Spieth, a member of UT's 2012 NCAA Championship team. “I owe everything I’ve achieved thus far to the support of my family, friends, teammates, and The University of Texas. While I’m proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished, I couldn’t be more excited to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a professional golfer. ”
The 19-year-old Dallas native earned First Team All-American honors and was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Spieth was one of three finalists for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award which is presented annually to the nation’s top amateur golfer.
Spieth joins Tiger Woods as the only other player in history to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateur titles (2009, 2011).
Spieth has already experienced success at the PGA Tour level, making the cut in six of eight professional events he’s played. His finishes include a T-21 and low amateur honors at this year’s U.S. Open, as well as being in contention to win at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship while only 16-years-old. In addition, Spieth held the R&A’s No. 1 World Amateur ranking this year and had an undefeated record at the 2011 Walker Cup. He also represented the U.S. at the 2008 and 2010 Junior Ryder Cups.
“Jordan Spieth is a remarkable young man,” said Texas Men’s Golf head coach John Fields. “Though he is leaving early, he has left a positive, indelible mark on The University of Texas and our program. Jordan is first class – first class as a student, first class as a teammate. We will certainly miss him, but our future remains bright, and like him, this is a new beginning for all of us.”
Spieth joins the ranks of legendary Texas Men’s Golf team members that include Jhonattan Vegas, Harrison Frazer, Bob Estes, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard, and Ben Crenshaw.
The Jordan Spieth File
• 2012 PGA John Deere Classic (T-58th)
• 2012 PGA AT&T National (MC)
• 2012 U.S. Open Championship (low amateur, T-21st)
• 2012 NCAA Championship team member
• 2012 PING All-American (First Team)
• 2012 PING Central All-Region
• 2012 Ben Hogan Award finalist
• 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year
• 2012 Big 12 Freshman of the Year
• 2012 All-Big 12 Team
• 2012 PGA Texas Valero Open (T-41st)
• 2012 Morris Williams Intercollegiate tri-medalist
• 2012 PGA Northern Trust Open (MC)
• 2012 The Amer Ari Invitational medalist
• 2011 Isleworth Collegiate Invitational medalist
• 2011 Walker Cup (2-0-1 record)
• 2011 U.S. Amateur (quarterfinals)
• 2011 Western Amateur (quarterfinals)
• 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion
• 2011 Azalea Amateur (T-5th)
• 2011 Jones Cup Invitational (2nd)
• 2011 PGA HP Byron Nelson Championship (T-32nd)
• 2010 Jr. Ryder Cup (3-0 record)
• 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic (MC)
• 2010 PGA HP Byron Nelson Championship (T-16th)
• 2009, 2010, 2011 Texas UIL Class 5A High School State Champion
• 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion
• 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Stroke Play Medalist
• 2009 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year
• 2008 Jr. Ryder Cup (3-0 record)
• 2008, 2009, 2010 AJGA First Team All-American