The last four years at Iowa State University have simply been incredible. The improvement in my golf game throughout my time in college has been surpassed only by the development of my character – the life lessons, experiences and memories will be with me forever. Having just recently graduated though, I now look forward to the next phase of my life where I will pursue my dream as a touring professional.
The next four to twelve months are going to be very exciting! Although the options and possibilites are endless, there is a substantial amount of uncertainty when considering which professional tour to join and where to base myself. Bearing in mind some of the restrictions I will soon encounter – I will try and lay out a simplifed version of my plan here.
I believe that from a development perspective, Iowa State is the best place for me to base myself in the short-term. The coaches, facilities and competition combine to provide an environment I can’t immediately replicate by myself anywhere else. Therefore, I will be staying on campus until December 2017. In order for me to maintain a student visa and some financial aid, I am competing an Internship at a local Chiropractor that the athletic department utilises. This great opportunity to work alongside Dr. Feil allows me the freedom I need to compete and train at a world-class level while also furthering my academic interests in the ‘real-world’.
In terms of my upcoming golf – I will be playing a full summer schedule of amateur golf here in the USA while also completing some hours for my Chiropractoric internship. The events are below…
1. Sunnehanna Amateur – Pennyslvania – 14th to 17th June
2. North-East Amatuer – Rhode Island – 21st to 24th June
3. Trans-Miss Amateur – Kansas – 10th to 13th July
4. Western Amateur – Illinios – 31st July to 5th August
5. US Amatuer – California – 14th to 21st August
My first attempt at securing status on a professional circuit will be in October 2017 on the US Web.com tour (stepping stone to the US PGA Tour). I will be competing in the QualifyingSschool as an amateur. The details are below:
Pre-qualifying Exempt Status
1st Stage - Arbor Links – Nebraska – 3rd to 6th October
2nd Stage – TPC Craig Ranch – Texas – 7th to 11th November
Final Stage – Whirlwind Golf Club – Arizona – 7th to 11th December
I will also be competing in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in late October at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand. This event takes place in between the 1st and 2nd stage of the web.com qualifying school. I have come close in previous years and have a good shot at winning this year – the winner receives an invitation to the 2018 Masters.
Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship - Royal Wellington Golf Club – New Zealand – 21st to 24th October