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!