The education of the perfect pro

Every now and then amateur golf gets a bit of recognition in the golf press. Alistair Tait at Golfweek is one of those that follow the players closely and very often he has clever and insightful things to say. The other day he wrote about the extensive travel schedule that many of today’s top amateurs have and how different it is from the times when players went up to the loft to get the clubs out in early May and then hung them back in the same place sometime in September. Today many of the amateurs in National Teams around the world have a schedule that is no short of one of a full time professional. This of course must be a better way to prepare for life as a European Tour or US Tour player as per the principle ‘practice the way you compete’.

The downside of the busy life of the so called amateurs is that very few have the time or the inclination to do anything but play golf. When the second stage of the Qualifying School for next year’s European Tour starts later this week there won’t be many in the field with some sort of degree, let alone a job outside possibly a few that spend a few hours in a shop or giving lessons in a week. And of course, how could anyone find the time to do that given the hourly requirements of playing golf at this level?

I always find it amazing therefore that not more players embrace the opportunity to play college golf where in fact you have every chance to kill two birds win one stone – school and golf!

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2 Responses to “The education of the perfect pro”


  1. 1 Philip Rowe November 25, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Is Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain the only player competing on any major World Golf Tour with a degree that has been awarded from a European University institution?


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