Please note the difference of the title. A touring Professional Golfer is someone who has major game and plays it full time as a job. They practice almost every day and compete on various tours all over the world.
A Golf Professional is someone like myself who normally works in a golf shop or at a driving range teaching and coaching others how to play the game.
Basically all Golf Professionals got to a stage where there talent levels peaked and their hopes and dreams of playing Professional Golf were dashed.
Since Golf still runs through our bloodlines, we have no other skills we resort to being a Golf Professional! I joke as there are a lot of talented Golf Professionals out there with very good business skills.
Now that you understand the difference I want to educate you on what a Professional Golfer goes through from first picking up a club to travelling the globe playing the sport they love.
The idea came to me as many people who watch golf donb’t understand what golfers go through chasing their dream. Many simply think most of these guys and gals are Richie Rich spoon fed kids who’s parents have deep pockets.
Some Professionals are that privileged but most aren’t. They have to endure years of playing for little money on mini tours as they keep the dream alive. These mini tours have so many talented players. Yet only a few get through the learning stages and continue to improve year after year.
I grew up in Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada and during my junior years my home course hosted the Canadian Tour Spring Qualifying School along with the first tour stop of the season. I saw plenty of talented (Mike Weir & Steve Stricker come to mind) golfers.
Some with rich parents, a few who were 3 handicaps with large pockets of their own and lots with enough talent to make it to the two prized tours.
But what was it that stopped these guys from improving? More often than not it was money.
A few of the guys I grew up playing junior golf with are out playing on the various tours. I thought Mike Mezei would be perfect for giving everyone a better idea of what it takes to make it to the big show.
Mike has been a good friend of mine dating back to our junior golf days. After a recent tour to California where I met up with Mike to play some golf, I thought it would be a cool idea to showcase a his life of a touring professional.
Check out part 1 of my interview with Mike where we find out how tough the transition between junior golf and the collegiate level is, when he decided to turn Professional and how the importance of having sponsors to help the journey.
In part 2 Mike talks about why Monday qualifying for PGA Tour events may isn’t very beneficial, the patience required on getting to the PGA Tour, the average age of a PGA Tour rookie, his daily routine and upcoming schedule.
Links of interest
Mike’s Twitter page - http://twitter.com/#!/mikemezei
Mike’s home page
Canadian Tour – http://cantour.com
Hooters Tour - http://www.ngatour.com/
Adams Golf Tour - http://adamsgolfprotourseries.com/
Nationwide Tour - http://www.pgatour.com/h/
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