Monday, May 31, 2010

N.C. State's Hill Makes Pro Debut At Memorial

N.C. State's record-setting Matt Hill will make his professional debut this week at The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

Hill, who had one of college golf's all-time great seasons as a sophomore, decided to bypass his senior year and has signed with IMG to represent him and with Nike equipment. He had previously indicated he planned to turn pro after the 2009-10 college season ended.

A native of Bright's Grove, Ontario, hometown of former Masters champion Mike Weir, Hill had 20 top-10 finishes in 37 career tournaments for the Wolfpack. But it was his sophomore year that elevated Hill to a special place.

He won eight times as a sophomore, tying the NCAA record set by Tiger Woods in 1995-96. Hill's biggest victory was the individual title in the 2009 NCAA championship. Along the way, he earned the Jack Nicklaus award as the top college golfer in the country.

Hill's junior season was solid and included an individual victory at the Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament this spring. He also finished third in the ACC tournament but missed qualifying for the NCAA championship by one stroke.