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British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous turns pro


Garrick Porteous of England, the reigning British Amateur champion, has turned professional. He will make his pro debut this week in the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open.

Porteous won the British Amateur last summer, defeating Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the final at Royal Cinque Ports. That victory earned him spots in the 2013 British Open, and the 2014 Masters and U.S. Open. He missed the cut in both the British Open and Masters, and by turning pro he is forfeiting his spot in the U.S. Open.

"It was a huge honor to play my final event as an amateur at the Masters, but I am so excited to finally be turning pro," said Porteous, who was ranked No. 7 in the Official World Amateur Ranking.

Porteous, 24, played college golf at the University of Tennessee, and was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland squad at the 2013Walker Cup and 2012 St. Andrews Trophy, and the England team in the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy.

Coincidentally, the world's No. 7-ranked female amateur also announced her plans to turn pro on Tuesday.

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey will make the jump after she completes this college season and plays on the U.S. team in the Curtis Cup in June, she said.

Ramsey leads the Tigers with a 72.15 stroke average through nine events. She won two tournaments, finished second two others and totals six top-10 finishes. She will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starting Thursday.

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