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England's Jodi Ewart will turn pro before Curtis Cup
10th Februry 2010

England's Jodi Ewart has decided to turn professional immediately after she finishes her US college golf and will not be available for selection for this season's Curtis Cup.

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"It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," said Jodi, who played in the 2008 Curtis Cup team at St Andrews. "I just hope everyone understands how hard a decision it was. I consulted many people but ultimately I had to make the decision by myself and for my future."

The 22-year-old from Catterick in Yorkshire will turn professional after the American national college championships in May. She'll then take up her place on the Duramed Futures Tour, which she won as an amateur in last autumn's Q-school.

Her aim is to finish in the top 10 on the money list and make her way straight on to the LPGA Tour, without having to go though qualifying school. If she waited to play the Curtis Cup, which takes place from June 11-13, she would miss two or three events and so limit her earning opportunities. She also hopes to qualify for the US Women's Open, which takes place in July at Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

"I was really hoping that things didn't clash because I had my heart set on making the Curtis Cup my last amateur event," said Jodi. "But I do think it's time for me to make the next step. I feel that there is plenty of young talent across GB&I to take my place and I know they can win without me on the team. The Curtis Cup in St Andrews will remain the greatest experience in my golfing career and I think it would be extremely hard to top that. I just feel it's time to pass the baton on to someone else to experience."

Jodi is one of the best players on both sides of the Atlantic. She's ranked among the top players on the US college circuit, where she is a student at the University of New Mexico and has won several times and been heaped with honours. 

As well as playing in the Curtis Cup, she also represented GB&I in last year's Vagliano Trophy match. She's long been an England international, helping to win gold, silver and bronze medals at European team championships and she's twice been English strokeplay champion.

"I feel sad that I won't be able to experience any of this anymore, and it is extremely scary - but I feel that it's time," said Jodi.

She added: "I just want to say thank you to everyone at EWGA for everything they have done for me. I know that I wouldn't be where I am without you guys, and I am extremely sad that I won't be wearing the pink jumper again!"

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