Source: Cauley to turn pro after NCAAs

Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley won the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 27.

Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley won the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 27.

It appears you can add University of Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley to the list of college underclassmen opting out of school early to turn professional. According to a close source, Cauley plans to join the pro ranks after the 2010 NCAA Championship.

Like Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark, who left Oklahoma State and USC, respectively, this past spring, Cauley has an impressive college and amateur record. Last season, Cauley won the U.S. Collegiate Championship and was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team Golfweek All-American. Over the summer, the Jacksonville, Fla. native, won the Players Amateur and helped the United States to a victory at the Walker Cup with a 3-0-1 record at Merion.

Cauley would neither confirm nor deny whether he would leave the Crimson Tide at the end of the spring semester. When I asked him if he felt he had accomplished all of his college goals, he said, “There (are) still several things I want to accomplish as a team and individually. Winning a championship with my team is the most important thing for me.”

Bill Cauley, Bud’s father, said he would “support my son with whatever decision he makes.”

Cauley and the Crimson Tide will start their spring schedule in February at the Puerto Rico Classic.

Cauley played in three fall tournaments, tying for sixth at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational, following with a T-4 at the Jerry Pate and closing the semester with a victory at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.

He would like to finish what likely is his final spring with the Tide with a victory as well – this one at the NCAA Championship.

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