Saunders to turn pro

ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Clemson player Sam Saunders will be turning pro after the summer, but he still has some amateur obligations.

Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, went 69-70 at the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Rio Pinar Country Club to qualify for his fifth U.S. Am, which will be held Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills.

No word on what he has planned for his professional career, but Saunders will play in the Western Amateur before his trip to Southern Hills.

“I just want to really focus on my last amateur tournaments,” Saunders said. “And then we’ll take it from there.”

As for Grandpa Arnie’s 80th birthday celebration, Saunders said he knew there were big plans, but he wasn’t sure what exactly they were.

“I probably won’t be around for it, but I know they are certainly making quite a deal.”

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