On February 15, 2016, I will be 50 years old which allows me the opportunity to compete in Senior Events.
Not to be confused with the PGA Champions Tour, I will have the opportunity to play in Regional PGA Events for club pros and to qualify for select Senior Events like the US Senior Open.
Some of you may be aware that many years ago, I was a good player. In 1989, I was one of the top 50 ranked amateurs in the country. I won the 1988 California Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach and competed nationally in the top amateur events in the country.
Having taken up the game in 1981 at the age of 15, the success came quickly but not without a lot of work. It was without a doubt one of the most fulfilling times of my life seeing the hard work and effort I had put in result in tournament success.
“To be clear, I am not going to pursue a career on the PGA Champions Tour; Coaching players is too important to me to abandon.”
Tournament Golf is a time consuming process.
When my son was born 16 years ago, it became more important for me to focus on my career as a coach and to provide for my family.
Now, I am lucky enough to have a second chance at competitive golf. To be clear, I am not trying to pursue a career on the PGA Champions Tour; coaching players is too important to me to abandon.
I’d just like to commit myself to playing competitively again to experience some of the satisfaction I felt in my 20’s giving something my all and posting my score against the competition.
I am writing this Blog to share with you the things I am doing to accomplish my goals.
The process began in 2014 when I decided that I wanted to play again. I’ve set some goals and will be posting for those who are interested to keep track of my process and progress.
My goals for 2016 are:
- Qualify for and Compete in the 2016 US Senior Open at Scioto Country Club.
- Qualify for and Compete in the 2016 British Senior Open at Carnoustie.
- Play in the Senior National PGA Club Pro by Qualifying in the Southern California Section Senior Club Pro.
I’d love to hear your comments about my journey.