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Hill played in nine Symetra Tour events this season, making six cuts. The Wake Forest graduate had a series of career-stalling elbow injuries related to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome which kept her sidelined for 2011 and 2012, then went through a swing change earlier this year.
“I can’t even think straight,” Hill said after her round. “I’ve been working really hard. I have a really good team that’s helped me get to this point.” A key member of that team has been Hill's mentor Mike Diffley, head pro at Pelham CC. “It has been a lot this year as I went through a big swing change and I got worse to get better but it has paid off,” Hill said. “It definitely feels awesome. I can’t even put it in to words especially the way I started off this year struggling. Where I’ve come and now where I’m at it’s pretty cool.”
She was one of 20 players who earned LPGA Tour membership through Category 12 on the priority list. Kelly Shon (Port Washington, N.Y.), the 2013-14 Ivy League Player of the Year, also punched her ticket to the LPGA Tour on Sunday by shooting an even par round of 72 to tie Hill at 6-under. Topping the field were UCLA sophomore Alison Lee (Valencia, Calif.), who turned professional following her round, and Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 82 Minjee Lee (Perth, Australia). The pair shared medalist honors at 10-under. Also making the pro grade was Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne Woods, who finished in a tie for 11th. A total of 23 players including world No. 37 Charley Hull (Kettering, England) earned membership through Category 17.
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