Colorado announced on Monday that men’s golfer Jeremy Paul has decided to turn pro immediately, forgoing the remainder of his senior year.

Paul, an honorable mention all-American last year, is aiming to play in next week’s Tour event next week.

“Jeremy has determined turning pro at this time is in the best interest for his budding professional golf career,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said in a press release. “We respect his decision. He has a tremendous future in front of him and we applaud him on a great CU career. Jeremy leaves CU as one of the most decorated players in our history, and who seemingly always played well when his team needed it the most. The records he holds are mind-boggling at times and those marks will be great targets for future Buffs to try and achieve.”

Paul, from Viernheim, Germany, is schedule graduate from CU next month. While his decision is important for his pro career, it comes at a tough time for the Buffs.

CU will host the Pac-12 Championships next week at Boulder Country Club, and that will be followed by the NCAA regionals and possibly the NCAA championships. The Buffs are currently ranked 19th nationally in the GCAA rankings.

“It has obviously been a tough decision leaving the team a few weeks early, but I believe we have a deep team this year and someone will for sure step up and fill my spot,” Paul said. “With that being said, I truly believe that the team will have a great chance winning the Pac-12 championship and also making a move at the NCAA’s.”

Paul set or tied 24 CU school records, including his 71.72 career stroke average. He also had a school-record 21 top-10 finishes and won three events.

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