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Blumenherst to take time off from LPGA

Amanda Blumenherst, the LPGA golfer who spent much of her childhood inFort Wayne, is stepping away from the tour after this season.

In an interview with, Blumenherst confirmed she would like to spend more time with her husband, Nate Freiman, who plays baseball for the Oakland A's and is a former player with the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

"I don't want to say I'm retiring, because you never know what will happen," Blumenherst said in the story. "Maybe I'll decide in a couple years to come back, and this will just be a little break, you never know."

Blumenherst, 26, and Freiman, 26, who met while athletes at Duke, married last year but their respective careers have kept them apart.

Blumenherst, who has been a professional since 2010, has earned $527,871 on tour. She has six top-10 finishes but hasn't won yet on tour.

She was the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion.

"This was a tough decision, because golf has been such a huge part of my life for the last 20 years, but Nate and I have talked about it and prayed about it," Blumenherst told the Golf Channel. "I definitely know it's the right decision for me, this new chapter of our lives."

Blumenherst grew up playing a lot at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, which is playing host to this week's Hotel Fitness Championship, part of the new Tour Finals.

Last year, she helped organize an unofficial event with LPGA players that benefited the local Mad Anthonys charity. This year, that tournament was folded into the Hotel Fitness Championship.

"The LPGA is an amazing place," said Blumenherst, who couldn't be reached by The Journal Gazette. "I love being a part of the tour, and I love the people. It's not that I've lost my love for golf, but with this new chapter in my life, I want to be a part of that. I want to be with Nate, and, hopefully, down the road, I want us to have a family. I wouldn't want to split my time away from family, our children."