It seems I may still have some good golf in me…

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.





  1. John Brown


    Great job!! You know you’ll have lots of fans watching your quest for the Champion’s Tour. Even if it doesn’t go the way we want, we’ll still have a great teacher at our disposal. We can’t lose.

  2. marvin cantos

    Way to go Monte, you are a inspiration to us all!!

  3. Neil

    Want a caddy? That’s my home course – I know the greens (on South) fairly well. I’ll settle for 5%. 😀

  4. toby

    What were the scores that qualified?

  5. Martin Chuck

    Pretty good for an old guy;) way to go, Pro

  6. Ronnie Wayne Black

    Way to go Monte! Everybody is rooting for you.

  7. Mike Divot

    Hear hear. I would love to see you succeed on a tour, any tour.

    I hope this isn’t a dumb question, but where is Frank at with his golf?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Not dumb. His game is solid, he just needs to build confidence. He lost in a playoff to get in the Farmers today after a 67.

  8. Banner 12

    I’ve played Olivas 100+ times. Fun, easy course where even I score well. Having said that, it can be tricky if you miss in the wrong spots. And the greens are funky. But taylor made for someone like you with your length. Is this the place you will play for the LA Open?


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