Naree Song to Quit Florida Turn Pro

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Seventeen-year-old Naree Song has informed the University of Florida that she will quit college after only one semester as a collegian and turn professional.
 
Song, whose twin sister Aree also signed with Florida but entered the LPGA before she could enroll is playing this week in the South Atlantic tournament near Daytona Beach, Fla. It is the final amateur event she will play before she returns to her home at David Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to begin preparation for the Futures Tour.
 
Song just completed the Harder Hall tournament in Sebring, Fla., where she finished second.
 
Song competed in four tournaments for the Lady Gators in the fall semester. She had three top-10 finishes and had a 72.7 stroke average. But she telephoned coach Jill Briles-Hinton Dec. 28 to tell her of her plans to turn professional.
 
Song approached the Futures Tour with a request for permission to play as a professional until May 1st when she turns 18. The Futures Tour granted her request. Song now hopes to make the top 5 on the Futures money rankings at seasons end, which would gain her entrance to the LPGA Tour in 2005.