It has been a while since I checked in and updated my progress, but better late than never. Last time I wrote, I was moving down to Orlando, FL for two months and diving straight into the world of mini-tour golf. I knew that it wasn't going to be easy, mostly because I struggled to consistently play well in Florida in the past, and anyone who has a good knowledge of the game can tell you that Florida golf is a whole other animal.
My first few tournaments were a struggle but I knew that I had to be patient - this was a huge adaption. I picked up very quickly that many of the guys I was playing against had been much experience playing the mini's. I played with players of all ages and levels, from guys like me, fresh out of college, to Web.com players and former PGA Tour players. After the first few weeks of being in Orlando, I realized that the best thing I can take away from this stint is knowledge and experience. As January and February passed, I found myself learning more and more, whether if it was about Florida golf, my game, someone else's game, etc.
On a side note, one fun occurrence that happened was getting my first hole-in-one on the 3rd hole at the Disney-Palm course, the same hole my dad got his only ace on (to date)! It was the first time I had played that hole and the last time my dad had played that hole (18 years apart).
Anyways, as March approached I was still yet to make a cut in Florida in the past two months - 0/2 at that point - in events that had cuts (usually the three-round tournament). I came into my final tournament, the Ocala Open, hoping that would change. Unfortunately it did not. I got off to a horrendous start the first round, starting 6-3-6-6-6. At that point I was +7 after my first five holes.
Discouraged and distraught, I stood on the sixth tee wondering what had happened in the last hour. With many emotions coming and going within seconds, I took a deep breath and told myself that I could either throw in the towel or I could fight and grind my way to a half-way decent round. I fought. Although it wasn't anything to hang my hat on, I finished with a 76 (+6); I had found something in that thirteen hole stretch.
Being 8 shots off the cut-line and knowing I had to make something happen, I took that "something" I found yesterday with me into the next day, shooting a 66 (-4), my best professional score to date. I stood on the putting green afterwards hungry and wanting more. A good note to end on.
I met a lot of people while I was in Florida, many I would consider friends. One of them had this quote, "Win or Learn". During my time in Florida, I feel that I had a few personal "wins" and learned even more. I cannot wait to see what the future brings.
My next juncture starts on April 1st, where I will begin playing on the eGolf Tour in Southport, NC. I hope you all continue to follow my progress.
Thank you for the continued support and encouragement!