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Dickerson Leaves University of Florida

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Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson has decided to drop out of the University of Florida in preparation for the upcoming 2002 Masters tournament.
 
GolfWeek Magazine reports that Dickerson, a 20-year-old junior, is not planning to turn pro immediately. He hopes to retain his amateur status until at least the summer.
 
That will give the Hilliard, Fla., native the option of taking advantage of exemptions he gained into not only the Masters, but also the U.S. and British Opens by way of his Amateur win.
 
My decision was pretty much based on having time to prepare myself for the rest of the year, Dickerson told GolfWeek. By having more time to work on my game, I feel I can be better prepared for the Masters and then work toward my (PGA) Tour card.
 
Apparently, this isnt the first time Dickerson pondered over the idea of leaving school. He had planned on turning pro last summer, but then changed his mind following his victory at the Amateur.
 
During his time at UF, Dickerson accumulated a solid record. He tied for 11th while helping the Gators win the NCAA Division I title last year. In addition to his win at the U.S. Amateur, he also won the 01 Western Amateur and finished runner-up at the 00 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Said UF golf coach Buddy Alexander: Bubba is very talented and obviously was a guy we counted on to help lead us. But school just wasnt for him. As a team, we have to move on and do the best we can. We all wish him the best.
 
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