US Amateur Champ Dickerson Turns Pro


Ben (Bubba) Dickerson, who won the U.S. Amateur last year as a University of Florida junior, has decided to forego his final year of college and turn professional. His first pro tournament will be the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic April 25-28.
Dickerson played in the recent Masters and missed making the cut by one shot. He made the announcement to turn pro at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
I cant think of a better way to wrap up my amateur career than playing in the Masters, said Dickerson. The tournament, the setting and the pairing with Tiger Woods ' it just doesnt get any better than that. It also gives me great motivation to be invited back someday as a member of the PGA Tour.
Greensboro Tournament Director Mark Brazil was on hand to officially hand Dickerson his sponsors exemption. Dickerson is allowed seven exemptions this year to attempt to make as much money as the No. 125 player on the PGA Tour.
Brazil captained the Junior Ryder Cup team in 1997 which performed in Spain. Dickerson was a member of the select group.
We are very excited that Bubba will make his professional debut at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, Brazil said. Bubba is not only a very special player, but a fine young man.
Dickerson won the Amateur at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, overcoming a five-hole deficit to defeat Robert Hamilton in the 36-hole finale. He also played on the Florida team which won the NCAA title this year.
Dickerson, a third-team All-American, also won the Western Amateur, the Maxfli PGA Junior Championship, the Press Thornton Future Masters and the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament.
He recently tied for seventh in the Canadian Tours Texas Classic. Dickerson also played in the Bay Hill Invitational this year, where he was one of only a few amateurs ever to make the cut.
Dickerson will be represented by Axcess Sports and Entertainment.
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