Hill Skipping Final Year At NC State To Turn Pro

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Reigning NCAA golf champion Matt Hill is turning pro, forgoing the 2010 championship this week and his final year at North Carolina State.

The 2009 individual titlist announced on Monday that he will make his pro debut this week at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio. The 21-year-old Canadian has signed with IMG.

Hill was one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world last year. He won seven collegiate tournaments besides the NCAA championship to earn the Haskins Award as outstanding collegiate golfer.

He competed in three PGA Tour events as an amateur last summer, making the cut at the AT&T Classic and finishing in a tie for 70th.

He felt his game was ready last year, "but now I'm finally ready for that lifestyle."

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