Yesterday, I played in the Pre-Qualifying for The Farmers PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines.
Basically they have several hundred people at 5 locations (Around 450 players, 90 at each venue), play on Thursday to make it into the Monday qualifying with PGA Tour players that aren’t in the tournament already. At my venue it was 90 players for 4 spots
The fields are about 80% pros and 20% ams, with I believe a handicap of 2 or less. Out of 90 players, a few shouldn’t be out there, but the vast majority of the players are top juniors, college players, mini tour players and young pros with no status. Basically all people who work at their games and play every day.
This was only my second tournament round in 2 years and I had not played golf and putted out since September. All playing lessons and only around 2-3 of those per month.
After 3 putting two of the first 3 holes and double bogeying the easiest hole on the course (#8), I played the last 10 holes 4 under with a drive in the water on 16. I made 7 birdies (2nd in the field) and shot 70.
It wasn’t Rembrandt, but for how little I have played, it was a good start.
The big issue was a shot I hit on 13. 218 to the hole par 3, into the wind, back left pin, with water short and left. I rifled a 3-iron in there to about 15 feet. It shows I can hit any shot, I just need to play more and shake off the rust.
I had three 3-putts, chunked a pitch and snap hooked a drive in the water. Those shots all happened on 4 holes. I looked like an actual professional on the other 14. One of the guys I was playing with gave me a real complement.
(Paraphrase and amalgamation of statements from the day.
“Are you almost 50? You kill the ball, wedge it well, hit the crispest long irons I have seen and aside from the first couple of holes, you make putts. If you can make it through Q-school, you could kill it on The Champions Tour.”
They’re not going to hand me a Green Jacket or a big card board check, but it’s a start.
Next up, the same Qualifier for the Northern Trust on February 12th.