Around the world in X days

England International and amateur superstar Tom Lewis has gone on a bit of a walkabout. Probably not of the kind that Crocodile Dundee once went on but eventually the tour he is on will take him around the world before Christmas. Tom asked for and was granted an invitation to the New South Wales Open played at the Vintage Golf Club north of Sydney in NSW. Next week he is playing in the Australian Open and then he continues to the US for the Dixie Amateur.

I have a feeling both the organisers of the NSW Open and the Golf Australia organising team for the Australian Open are pretty pleased they gave that invite to the young Englishman. Tom did fly the flag very well when finishing 2nd, beaten in a play-off by Peter O’Malley. I am not sure but I suspect O’Malley was playing professional golf before Tom was even born. This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder what golf would be like if all players were just players. If there wasn’t this overly complicated line between amateurs and professionals that nobody outside of golf understands anyway. If Tom did not have to play in some sort of parallel world where only occasionally he was allowed to visit in the other world. If he could play at the highest possible level where only his playing skills determined where he could play. I think the golfing world would be a lot simpler. We would not have the many hopefuls that once again have had their dreams crushed by the qualifying school this week as they came from a great amateur career only to find that professional golf was something different. Instead players would either realise sooner that this job I was hoping to get might not be for me or they would excel into the world where they could play golf for a living. Darwin said it, the one most fit for purpose would prevail…

1 Response to “Around the world in X days”


  1. 1 Caroline Southgate November 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Couldn’t agree more. Every time I explain that despite playing for his country and being a full time golfer my son is an amateur….yes no prize money, no sponsorship, bank of Mum and Dad only!….I am met with confused looks. Qualifying school is ruthless. Good luck Matt


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