Albane Valenzuela will flip skilled and forgo her ultimate semester of eligibility at Stanford. The 21-year-old Swiss participant made the announcement on social media.
“The choice to pursue skilled golf will not be abandoning what I used to be lucky sufficient to expertise at Stanford College,” wrote Valenzuela. “As a substitute, it’s exactly what I’ve discovered at Stanford prior to now three years which have satisfied me to embrace this second.”
Valenzuela was one in every of two Stanford seniors to earn LPGA standing for the 2020 season on the current Q-Sequence. Whereas Valenzuela tied for sixth, teammate Andrea Lee took a share of 30th. Lee, who was not too long ago the top-ranked beginner on the planet, has but to announce her determination.
Stanford is at present ranked fifth by Golfweek.
Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela celebrates together with her father after incomes her LPGA card for 2020. She’ll have great standing. pic.twitter.com/4YlhvX0HjJ
— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) November 2, 2019
Valenzuela will graduate with a level in political science in June and stroll alongside her classmates. The 2-time U.S. Girls’s Novice finalist is at present No. 2 within the World Novice Golf Rating. Valenzuela represented Switzerland within the 2016 Olympics, ending 21st. She has made the reduce in quite a few LPGA majors, not too long ago incomes low-amateur honors on the Evian Championship.
“My determination to go away the Stanford golf crew has been one essentially the most troublesome I’ve needed to make in my profession,” mentioned Valenzuela in her assertion. “Stanford has been the best present I’ve ever obtained because it has taught me classes that transcend the classroom and pitch.”
As a junior, Valenzuela was named the Pac-12 Girls’s Golfer of the Yr, the primary in program historical past.
Of the 5 school gamers who teed it up at Q-Sequence, Valenzuela is the fourth to show skilled. She joins USC’s Jennifer Chang, Frida Kinhult of Florida State and Florida’s Sierra Brooks.
Final 12 months the LPGA launched the choice to defer LPGA standing to June in order that gamers may take part within the postseason and nonetheless maintain their playing cards. Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi had been the primary to decide on that route. To date, nobody has adopted go well with.