Florida star golfer Sam Horsfield turns pro after two seasons with Gators

By Adam Silverstein
May 22, 2017
Florida star golfer Sam Horsfield turns pro after two seasons with Gators

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Sophomore golfer Sam Horsfield, once referred to as an English “prodigy” who has spent the last two years playing for the Florida Gators, announced that he is leaving college and becoming a professional.

The No. 3 ranked amateur in the world, Horsfield was named 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year and picked up a first-team All-America nod that season after setting a school record in stroke average (70.55). He helped lead the Gators to a No. 3 ranking this fall and No. 5 ranking in the spring despite himself being ranked No. 36 overall.

Florida saw its 2016-17 season come to a close early on Wednesday when it finished a disappointing eighth in the regional round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

According to Golfweek, Horsfield always planned to play just two seasons at Florida and was “up-front and honest” with head coach J.C. Deacon about that decision.

“That’s what we’re trying to do at Florida is get these guys into a spot where they’re ready to play golf and have the financial opportunities that come with that, and Sam’s reached that pinnacle and we’re going to support him in every way,” Deacon told Golfweek in January. “And he’s been amazing enough to kind of have the program’s well-being in the back of his mind to give us enough time to find someone to try and fill his shoes.”

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