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Nov. 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s golf freshman Nanna Madsen has elected for forego her remaining eligibility and declare her professional status.

The 18-year-old Denmark native came to South Carolina ranked third in the World Amateur Rankings and finished the fall at No. 3 in the Golfstat player ratings after posting the finest fall by a Gamecock freshman in program history.

Madsen earned a top-10 result at all four of the Gamecocks’ fall tournaments. At the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, she collected the first win at a fall tournament by a freshman in South Carolina history. Madsen is one of just three Gamecock freshmen to win a medalist honor. In the fall finale at the Landfall Tradition, Madsen fired a first-round 66, the second-lowest round in school history.

“Nanna had a very successful fall here. She came here third in the world and quickly rose to third in the collegiate ranks,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said. “She feels that it’s time for her to turn pro and wants to take advantage of the opportunity to go to the European Tour Qualifying School. We wish her the best. “