Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ashley Knoll Goes Pro

ashley knollOne thing I like to follow in Texas Golf are the young players along their paths to glory. Even if that path takes them through College Station (I'm a UT guy, in case you couldn't guess).

Ashley Knoll is a Texas golfer who I just noticed turned pro. Knoll is from The Woodlands and was a great collegiate player for the Aggies. She won three tournaments in her junior season and finished second in four others, was Big 12 Player of the Year and an All-American. The Aggies' Web site calls it "the greatest season in A&M history." She won three more times as a senior, and Knoll also made the cut in the U.S. Women's Open during that stretch.

Pretty good stuff.

I was checking the Cactus Tour results the other day and noticed that Knoll was playing in Phoenix. (If you're not familiar with the The Cactus Tour, it's a third-level women's tour that plays all of its tournaments in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. First-level is LPGA, of course; second level is Futures Tour; third level is Cactus Tour and Women's Canadian Tour. But the Cactus Tour draws more of the top prospects than you might expect because all of its tournaments are in one metropolitan area, which gives the golfers a chance to save lots of money on travel expenses.)

On the Cactus Tour results page, I see that Ashley finished sixth in Event No. 15 (they don't bother to name their tournaments). That's the first professional appearance I'm aware of for Knoll, although she might have gotten into a Futures Tour or some other event on a sponsor exemption.

I just wanted to point out the matriculation of another top Texas golfer to the pro ranks.

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