University of Colorado junior Robyn Choi has decided to forgo the remainder of her eligibility to purse a professional career in the LPGA.
“I’m very happy for Robyn to have the opportunity to play the LPGA,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “It is her dream and although it is a challenge for our team to lose her and it’s sad to see her go, it is exciting for her to have the chance to achieve her goals! Robyn is a terrific young lady and is very determined; with some experience at this next level, I think she had a good chance to be successful on tour.”
Choi, a native of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, earned her card to play on the LPGA Tour in 2019 as she finished tied for 45th in the LPGA Q-Series last November. She did have the option to defer and play collegiately this spring, but ultimately decided to make the moved to the professional ranks. Choi is the first CU female golfer to turn pro with eligibility remaining.
“Honestly I only played Q-school this year as a reference point to get an idea of where I would be standing against a more competitive field, and although I did want to make it, I really didn’t expect to go all the way and come to where I am,” Choi said. “I’m quite excited to play against the professionals but at the same time I’m very nervous and scared of whether I made the right decision or not, but I want to trust myself that I did.”
Choi was able to compete in three of CU’s five tournaments this past fall and led the Buffs with a 71.44 stroke average through nine rounds. She placed in the top 10 in all three tournaments and had one top-five finish. She recorded scorecards under 220 in all three tournaments. Her best score of the season was her 3-under 213 (72-69-72) at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, which tied her for third. She was shot a 3-under 216 (70-74-72) on a par 73 at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview to finish tied for fifth.
Assistant coach Brent Franklin worked a lot with Choi and could not be prouder of what she accomplished in her short time at CU.
“Robyn was a joy to have on the team! I can’t remember a player who worked harder or who had the ability to adjust her game so quickly… she was loved by everybody,” Franklin said.
Choi has left her mark in the CU record books. As a sophomore, she played the most rounds in a season (39), setting the overall and sophomore record. During the fall of 2017, she tied with teammate Kirsty Hodgkins for the best fall stroke average in school history (71.93) and both were second in lowest SCIRP (score in relation to par) at 0.00. She finished her sophomore campaign with a 72.69 stroke average, as well as a 0.79 SCIRP, both CU sophomore records.