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Pauline Roussin-Bouchard medals; seven collegians advance

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard medals; seven collegians advance

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard opted to forgo her final two years of college eligibility and turn professional earlier this year.

It’s proven to be a good decision so far.

A two-time first-team All-American for South Carolina, Roussin-Bouchard tied for fourth in her professional debut at the Symetra Tour’s Four Winds Invitational in August before notching three top-10s on the Ladies European Tour, including a win. She then closed in 7-under 65 Sunday in Venice, Florida, to win Stage II of LPGA Q-School by five shots at 19 under.

Roussin-Bouchard was among 47 players who moved on to the LPGA’s two-week Q-Series, which begins in late November.

Others advancing included Linn Grant, who also turned pro early out of Arizona State this summer, and seven current college players: Polly Mack (-7), Alabama; Beatrice Wallin (-6), Florida State; Gina Kim (-6), Duke; Yu-Sang Hou (-4), Arizona; Vivian Hou (-3), Arizona; Karen Fredgaard (-4), Houston; Brooke Matthews (-3), Arkansas.

Those collegians will now have the choice: Leave school this winter and turn pro or defer their status until after the NCAA Championship in May. It’s believed that most – if not all – of them will not return to…

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