Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Razorbacks' top golfer Matthews says she'll go pro, skip final semester
Brooke Matthews of Arkansas walks Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to the 16th green during her match with Letizia Bagnoli of Wake Forest in the Women's NCAA Golf Championship at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson.
FAYETTEVILLE — Rogers native and fifth-year University of Arkansas golfer Brooke Matthews announced Friday she had made the decision to turn pro and forego her final spring with the Razorbacks.
Matthews, coming off two of the strongest seasons by a Razorback golfer, qualified for her LPGA Tour card last month with a 7-under score and a tie for 30th at the LPGA Q-Series in Dothan, Ala.
Matthews, a first-team All-SEC performer with four career wins, captured the Cougar Classic last fall with an NCAA-record 25-under, shooting 63-64-64 at the event outside Charleston, S.C. She also took medalist honors at the first two Blessings Collegiate Invitational events at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson and tied for first at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in 2019.
“These past 4 1/2 years have been the best of my life,” Matthews said on a video posted to social media. “They have been made the best by my coaches, teammates, support staff and all the Hog fans who make Arkansas a place where student-athletes can succeed. My dream was always to wear the Razorback logo and represent this great school.
“Realizing that dream exceeded every expectation I ever had. … Though I no longer will play for the Hogs, I promise wherever my career takes me I will always represent this state and this school, that have both given me so much. Thank you, Razorback Nation.”
Matthews qualified at the same time as former Razorback Alana Uriell, who finished 22nd at the same event. Matthews and Uriell will join two-time major winner Stacy Lewis, Gaby Lopez and Maria Fassi as former Razorback golfers on the LPGA Tour.
Fassi and Lewis were both NCAA individual champions.
Matthews’ last season has been highlighted by appearances at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the Arnold Palmer Cup and the Curtis Cup, where she helped Team USA pull off a dramatic comeback win.
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