LSU's Curtis Thompson turns pro

Curtis Thompson during the match play portion of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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After helping lead the LSU Tigers to a semifinal appearance at the NCAA Championship in May, Curtis Thompson has decided to take his talents to the professional ranks.

“It was up in the air for a while, and I kept saying it to everyone," that he wanted to turn pro, Thompson said. "But then someone always brought up a point not to do it.

“Finally one day I said to myself that no one was going to talk me out of it and decided it was time.”

Thompson then contacted head coach Chuck Winsted at the end of June and told him what he was going to do and that was his final decision.

Winsted was contacted for comments, but has yet to respond.

Thompson’s older brother Nicholas plays on PGA Tour and his younger sister Lexi is an LPGA star. They haven’t given the 21-year-old any advice or said much of his decision to turn pro.

Over the next few months, Thompson will work on getting into Monday-qualifiers and practice for Tour Q-School in the fall.

As of now, all he has set in stone is the Tour Monday qualifier at the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., and the PGA Tour’s Monday-qualifier for the Barracuda Championship, formally known as the Reno Tahoe Open, at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

Although he won’t rejoin his college team, one that finished 11th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., still wants to finish his business management degree from LSU, even though it’s being put on hold.

He certainly won’t go back in the fall, and from there, it all depends on how he fares at Q-School, Thompson said. If he earns status on the Tour, he’ll take one or two classes per semester, while living out his dream on tour; if not, he’ll go back full-time in the spring and finish up his 18 credit hours.

“It all depends on how I play, but I definitely don’t want to be back at school in the spring.”

Thompson finished 39th in Golfweek/Sagarin Individual College Rankings for the 2013-14 season and is 84th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after playing in the Northeast, Sunnehanna and Palmetto amateurs earlier this summer.

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