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Amateur ace Hall in two minds about whether to try to turn pro
RISING star Georgia Hall admits she is still undecided about whether to try to turn professional later this year.
The 17-year-old would be exempt until final qualifying should she opt to try her luck at tour school in Morocco in December.
Hall, who lives in Wallisdown, is currently 15th in the world amateur rankings and was crowned British Amateur champion in June.
She has been in a rich vein of form this season and also won the inaugural LGU order of merit, earning her exemption to next year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Hall, however, would be forced to forfeit her place alongside the world’s top players should she turn pro before the event takes place in July.
And while she confirmed she had accepted the invitation to compete in the Open, Hall also said she was still in two minds about the prospect of attending tour school.
The top 30 players over four rounds at Samanah Golf Club in Marrakech will win playing privileges to compete on the Women’s European Tour next season.
Hall told the Daily Echo: “I am not 100 per cent certain yet. I really want to try to turn pro this year but, as I am under 18, there are a few things to consider.
“If I were to go and were to finish in the top 30, I would have to make a decision about whether to turn pro immediately or wait until next year. If I decide to go, I might go abroad for a couple of weeks to practice somewhere where the greens are going to be like those in Morocco.
“They will be quick and I would need to get used to playing on fast greens. I may go to somewhere like Spain or Portugal.”
A member at both Remedy Oak and Parkstone, Hall competed in her first major in April and rubbed shoulders with the cream of the women’s game in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California just days before her 17th birthday.
And after winning the British Amateur title, she passed over an invitation to play in the US Open in favour of representing GB and Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy, winning her two foursomes matches with Ferndown’s Hayley Davies against Europe.
She shared the silver medal with world number one Lydia Ko after the pair had finished tied for the leading amateur prize at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews at the start of last month.
Hall then featured for Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup against America in Colorado, claiming a foursomes win with Bronte Law and a shared singles match against Casey Danielson as USA won the trophy on home soil.
The Bournemouth-born teenager, who is a keen Cherries follower, opted to represent her country in last week’s Home Internationals instead of taking her chance in the final major of the season, the Evian Championship in France.
And she was rewarded for her loyalty by ending the three-day event as England’s leading points scorer, her tally of four including victory in all three of her singles matches.
Hall said: “It has been a really busy period but really good fun. I have played well in my past few competitions which has given me a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile, Hall received her silver medal for finishing tied as the top amateur in the women’s British Open from LGU president Brigid McCaw at the Home Internationals opening ceremony last week.
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