I have heard +2 to 10 handicaps for years talk about taking time off at 48 and preparing for the Senior Tour. Retired athletes from other sports as well.
Now I don’t want to stamp on anyone’s quixotic dream, as I have one of my own, but let me point out a few things.
My chase at windmills is based on previous success at a high level and I know what it takes both mentally and physically.
You think Q-school is tough? There are 25 spots in that. Senior (Champions) Q-school there are just 8 spots.
You are going up against guys who have played the regular PGA Tour for 20+ years and are turning 50, club pros who have been at the course every day for the past 20+ years, not to mention guys like me.
In order to even consider it, you need to have a reference point. If you can shoot in the mid to high 60’s basically every day at the courses you are familiar with, break par fairly easily when you play a new course and go play a course where Tour events are held immediately after the Tournament and break par with the same rough and pin positions they faced during the actual tournament…and feel you can do that 3 days in a row.
Sincerely, I know there are a few of you out there capable, I just want to point out the baseline level of skill needed.
If you can do these things, give it a shot. Until then, and I am honestly not trying to be condescending, enjoy winning your club championship by shooting 218 for 3 days.
What prompted this rant against chasing a dream is a friend who had a nice 2 week run playing internet poker. He has hit some wacky flops, turns and rivers to win some big pots. He is now serious about taking a leave of absence from his job to play full time.
Considering he is probably the 3rd or 4th best player at our home game, this is a bad idea…and so is taking a leave of absence from your job to make the Champion’s Tour because you just shot 69 on your home course with the pins in the middle of the green.