3rd April 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Ok so you’ve had enough of playing amateur tournaments for tin cups, micro wave ovens and TV’s and you want to step into the professional arena and play for pay. But are you really ready for it?
Good on you for being ambitious enough to consider playing professionally, but be prepared for vast difference in the standard of play from the amateur ranks to professional ranks because they’re light years apart and it is nowhere near as glamorous as you might be thinking.
Professional golf is one of the toughest careers you could ever consider pursuing. The mind-set for professional golf is relatively easy to understand – achieve a low golf score average in tournaments, but the application of this is extremely difficult to achieve.
The winning scores are a long way under par for mini/developmental golf tours and this is what pro golf is all about.
Developing your skills and influencing your performances to produce consistent under par scores is what it is all about, and this process for most golfers takes time, patience and money.
Take a good look at the major tours and you’ll discover that many of the successful golfers worked their way up through the ranks from amateur tournaments to mini/developmental golf tours and then on to major golf tours.
Sometimes professional golfers get the opportunity to make the step up to the big grade and it changes their life. John Daly is one example of this when whilst competing on the Hooters Tour he was informed that he got a start in the PGA Championship so he drove all night to Crooked Stick golf course in Indiana to play in the 1991 PGA Championship and then went on to win it!
Many top level male and female golfers started their professional playing career on the mini tours. Take a look at this list of great male champions who all played on the NGA (Hooters) Tour before making the step up to the main tour.
> Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open Champion
> Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion
> Shaun Micheel, the 2003 British Open Champion
> Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 British Open
> Jim Furyk, winner of the 2003 US Open
> Lee Janzen, a two-time US Open winner
> John Daly, a British Open and PGA Champion
> Tom Lehman, winner of the British Open
> David Toms, a past PGA Champion
> Chad Campbell, the 2003 Tour Championship winner
> Vaughn Taylor, a two-time Reno Tahoe Open winner
> Craig Perks, winner of the TPC
All these great golfers got their start on the pay for play tours and hundreds of others have as well over the years.
Professional golfers are specialists at low scoring and like most professions it takes a long time to learn the ropes.
From amateur golf you start playing on the mini/development tours learning about yourself and your game.
You will spend anywhere from one year to five years playing on this tier learning how to lower your competitive score average so you can make consistent cuts and checks.
Right now you might be thinking that this seems like an awful long time to make it onto a major tour but it is the reality of top level professional golf.
The average age of a PGA Tour player is 35, so it is better to completely understand the learning process for professional golf before you take the plunge.
And remember, if this is the downside of professional golf just think about the upside for a moment; you can play on tour and earn a great income for a very long time if you’re really good.
Hale Irwin is 67 years old and still making a very good income from professional golf.
Take it one step at a time and with hard work, determination and a long term focus to play in the majors one day.
Credit; Click link for complete article. http://www.protourgolfcollege.com/news-blog/pga-tours-from-amateur-golfer-to-professional-golfer-how-good-do-you-really-have-to-be-to-make-it