Floyd County High School champion golfer Amanda Hollandsworth’s first game as a new golf pro got off to a shaky debut with a 7-over-par 78 Thursday at the U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, SC.
Hollandsworth, who just finished her college education at Virginia Tech with a 5th in the NCAA tournament qualified for the Open this year as an amateur but announced before the match began Thursday morning that she had turned pro and teed off in her pursuit of a career on the links.
Her pro start was an off-par game with five bogeys, two double bogeys and two birdies.
Hollandsworth had said she would make a decision on whether or not to pursue a career as a pro golfer until after the tournament in Charleston, SC, this weekend. She plans to attend the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s “Q” school in August.
But she decided to not put off the decision on going pro and sent out a text this morning that she the Women’s Open is now her first tournament as a professional golfer, which means any money earned in this weekend is hers.
We will be following her progress in her first tournament as a pro and in the future.