Redshirt Gavin Hall granted release from UCLA

Gavin Hall

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Gavin Hall arrived at UCLA early to begin his studies. He may be leaving sooner than expected, as well.

Hall, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2013, has been granted a release by UCLA after attending school for less than two months. He will be eligible to compete for another school in the 2013-14 season, with this season counting as his redshirt year.

Hall graduated early from high school and decided to start his studies at UCLA this quarter. The Pittsford, N.Y., resident arrived on campus Jan. 3, according to head coach Derek Freeman. Classes began two days later. Freeman said that Hall discussed transferring within two weeks of arriving on campus. He stopped practicing with the team in late January. Hall declined to comment when reached by Golfweek.

Hall was one of two high-profile recruits in the Class of 2013 to start college during what would have been their final semester of high school. U.S. Open star Beau Hossler began attending Texas in January, and debated playing for the team this season before deciding to redshirt. Players usually begin college early to get a start on academics, lightening their load later in their career.

Hall won the 2012 Ping Invitational and 2011 Junior Players Championship, two of the AJGA’s major championships. He also was a member of the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team. He finished second at the 2010 Porter Cup, a premier amateur event, as a 15-year-old. Hall underwent surgery in January 2012 to repair ligament damage in his right wrist, an injury that had bothered him off-and-on during the previous two years.

“He said he loved me as a coach and loved the program, but that he didn’t feel like the West Coast was a fit for him,” Freeman said. “We wish him the best of luck. He’s a great kid, and I hope he does well.”

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