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Georgia Hall delays turning professional

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Georgia Hall has delayed her dream of turning professional until later this year citing a lack of funding.

Hall's original plan was to turn professional on her 18th birthday, 12 April, but has found it difficult to raise the funds for her career.

But Hall will take advantage of not yet being professional when she competes in the Curtis Cup on June 6, an amateur competition where Great Britain and Ireland take on the United States.

"I'm now going to play in the Curtis Cup hopefully and the British Open in August at Royal Birkdale," Hall told BBC South Today.

"I haven't played in the Curtis Cup before - I was reserve two years ago so it would be good to play and I don't want to turn down a Major.

"It will mean a lot to play in the Curtis Cup. When I turn pro I probably won't get the chance to play in it again. To be with your team-mates - golf is such an individual sport, you don't really get a chance spend time with other people."

The Bournemouth-based golfer is one of the leader women amateurs in the game after playing her first professional tournament in last year's Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club.

Hall has also achieved double gold at the 2013 Youth Olympic festival and won the ladies' British Amateur Championship. She is also a former European ladies number one amateur and has been ranked as high as fourth in the world, though she is currently number eight.

But despite this previous success Hall, a member at Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset, has failed to earn herself a major sponsor to date. She had to turn down a chance to play at this year's Kraft Nabisco and is lacking the funding to turn professional.

"It's very hard to get funding, especially in the local area I am in." she said. "That is the reason I turned down the Nabisco.

"I got an invite, which is normally the hardest thing, and had to turn it down. It was painful and annoying but you need funding. That is the reason I have not gone professional - you need about £25,000 and that is not available for me.

"It's hard, as I've trained for 10 years to turn pro and I've done all the practice but unless you have rich parents or know someone wealthy you have to try and raise it another way."

But the youngster understands that she will have to remain patient and concentrate on her golf in the hope that she can achieve her dream of turning professional.

"I'm doing the best I can to get there and improve myself and play on the ladies European Tour," she said.

"I have to keep grinding away at my game and hopefully something will come up. I know there are a lot of other sportsman and women looking for the same thing, I just have to hope someone is out there.

"I just have to focus on the golf, that is the main thing."

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