college age golfers? I seem to remember a time that it was dominated by businessmen who were in their 30's and 40's...but maybe I'm thinking of the Mid Am?
amateur tour. Every week these kids are playing in tournaments against competition that is mind boggling. The old time gentleman golfers like Charlie Coe and Harvey Ward are a lost breed. There is no way they can get the international competition week in and out that the college players get. There is too much money on the Tour to pass up instead of trying to run a business and play a handful of amateur events. Also the USGA and R&A have made it way easier to get their amateur standing back of they so wish.
One of my fellow professionals here in Kentucky, Mike Thomas, is the father of Justin Thomas who played at St. Xavier HS, then Alabama where he won six college tournaments. (Justin has just announced he will turn pro after the Walker Cup matches in September, foregoing his final two years at Bama.) He has literally played and won on some kind of an amateur tour since he was in grade school, and in '09 he was the 5th youngest golfer at 16 to make the 36 hole cut in a PGA Tour event, The Wyndham. I don't believe he'll flame out on the Tour but who knows? It's golf!
getting your virginity back. It's too easy now.
five years. This means you couldn't play in competition as a pro or an am during the waiting period, so it left you hustling the guys at the club out of $1 nassaus on Sat. mornings.
How great it would be to play golf at that rarefied level....even just once.
I'll look for his name in future events as I'm following a kid my son played against in HS who looks like he's got a future as well. Jordan Neibrugge is his name. Plays at OK St. so maybe your nephew has played against him.
Wow, -4 in the US Amateur qualifying. That's big time.
in the B12 Championship one year and his playing competitor was Rickie Fowler.
Did he ever think of turning pro?
not a great one. He had his BA in Accounting and MS in Finance and an excellent job waiting.
That is very high level golf. Especially impressive 2nd round, after being +3 through 2 holes to go on and shoot 68. The US Am is an incredible event. I'd recommend traveling to Brookline to watch him if you can make it happen. Playing in this event could be a once in a lifetime opportunity (although based on his scores, he may make plenty more of these...).