NCAA champion Hill turning professional


RALEIGH, N.C. – Reigning NCAA golf champion Matt Hill is turning pro, skipping his final year at North Carolina State after missing a chance to defend his title.

Hill announced on Monday that he will make his pro debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

The 21-year-old Hill was one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world last year. He won seven college tournaments besides the NCAA championship to earn the Haskins Award as outstanding college golfer. This year the junior failed to advance out of the East Regional.

He competed in three PGA Tour events as an amateur last summer, making the cut at the AT&T Classic and finishing tied for 70th.

Hill, who signed with IMG, felt his game was ready last year, “but now I’m finally ready for that lifestyle.”