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Ex-St. Petersburg High golfer Jack Maguire leaving FSU to turn pro

FSU's and St. Petersburg High's Maguire turns pro

Former St. Petersburg High and Florida State golfer Jack Maguire has decided to turn pro. Maguire, 21, recently completed the fall season of his junior year. After finishing fourth at Stage 2 of PGA Tour Qualifying School, he said, it was time to leave FSU.

"After the way I've been playing, I talked it over with my coach (FSU's Trey Jones), and we decided that it would be best to get out on (the PGA Tour) early," said Maguire, a first-team All American as a sophomore.

Maguire will play in Qualifying School's final stage next month in Palm Beach Gardens. By advancing to the final stage, he is guaranteed a spot on the Web.com Tour. He hopes to play in a few PGA Tour events on a sponsor's exemption, especially the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor in March. "To make my (PGA) debut at that tournament would be very special,'' he said.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

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