Former US Am champ Blumenhurst turns professional


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LPGA Tour _newAfter concluding an amateur career with a tie for fourth place at the 2009 NCAA Womens Golf Championships, Amanda Blumenherst turned professional, announced IMG officials Wednesday.
Blumenherst, who graduated magna cum laude from Duke earlier this month, was named National Player of the Year in her first three years as a Blue Devil while leading the womens team to two NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007, as well as winning the U.S. Womens Amateur Championship in 2008.
Last Friday, the 22-year old Blumenherst was awarded the Dinah Shore Trophy by the LPGA Foundation for the second consecutive year. The Dinah Shore award is presented to the female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while also demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service. Blumenherst was also a two-time recipient (2007, 2008) of the Nancy Lopez Award, presented annually to the most outstanding female amateur.
This is obviously a day that I have dreamed of for many years, and Im thrilled that it has arrived, said Blumenherst, who will be managed by IMG. Im excited about meeting the challenges that playing professionally will present.
Blumenherst has competed as an amateur in five LPGA events, including the U.S. Womens Open in 2006 (T10) and 2007 (T50). She will make her professional debut at the Michelob ULTRA Duramed Futures Players Championship, June 11-14 and her LPGA Tour debut at the Wegmans LPGA, June 25-28.