Joy Trotter has notified Julie Brook’s, University of California’s women’s golf coach that she will turn professional following the 2010 Women’s Amateur in August. Trotter has decided after careful consideration that it would be in her best interest to devote a full time effort to her ambition to play tour golf. “It became too difficult for me to balance my academic responsibilities with my desire to improve my golf skills,” Trotter explained to Coach Brook’s. Trotter decided that it would be better to tell “coach” earlier, rather than later, so as to give her time to recruit a replacement for the 2010 fall season.
Trotter discussed the matter with swing coach George Pinnell, who agreed that if she was going in that direction that it would be best to inform UCI immediately. Trotter told Pinnell, “it was extremely difficult to tell her teammates that she was leaving, because she has grown so close to the players.” She went on to say that “she would definitely miss the camaraderie of her teammates.”
Trotter has been a strong presence behind Jane Chin, who turned pro following her graduation in 2009. Joy has led the Anteaters in the 2009-2010 season with a career best 2nd place finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Primm Valley in September of 2009. Joy shot a strong 68 to finish 2nd.