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USC standout Gabriela Ruffels opts to turn professional

One of the top Division I women's golf teams in the country is losing one of the top players in the country.

USC senior Gabriela Ruffels, the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur champion and runner-up in the same championship last year, announced Wednesday that she plans to forgo the remainder of her college eligibility and turn professional. The news comes a day after the Augusta National Women's Amateur field was released with Ruffels one of just two top-30 amateurs not among the commits.

"Super excited to announce that I have decided to turn professional and will be joining the @nikegolf family," Ruffels wrote on Instagram.