Amanda Hollandsworth, 23, has turned pro.

Former Floyd County High School and Virginia Tech golfer Amanda Hollandsworth, who will begin play in the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday, said in a text message Wednesday that she has turned pro.

Hollandsworth, who concluded her Tech golf career last week with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA national championships, had planned on waiting until after the U.S. Women’s Open to decide whether or not to begin a pro career.

But she said that while she has been in Charleston, South Carolina, this week to prepare for the U.S. Women’s Open, she had changed her mind about putting off the decision. She said she plans to take part in the LPGA’s Q school in August.

Now that she has turned pro, Hollandsworth will be able to keep any money she earns in the U.S. Women’s Open. She tees off at 9:12 a.m. Thursday.

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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