2018 Tournament Planning
The top professional golfers plan their year around the four majors; the Masters, the Open, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. For me, trying to be a top amateur at this time, I plan my schedule around the international amateur championships. The five tournaments I will definitely be playing internationally are the World University Championship in May, followed by the “big three” between mid-July and early August, being the Belgian, German and Swiss International Championships. I will finish with the Liechtenstein Open Amateur in early September before shifting the main focus on the European Tour Qualifying school in early October. Additionally, I will be participating in a couple Pro events with the Memorial Olivier Barras in Crans Montana and the Omnium Suisse in Montreux. The rest of the schedule is filled with some national and regional championships to stay competitive. This season will be somewhat different for me, as I plan to turn professional in the fall and do my best to prepare to peak for Q-School. I’m very excited for the season and can’t wait to get the tournaments started!
Florida vs. Ohio
I know most of you already know that I have spent the past week in Orlando, Florida. I was fortunate to be able to travel with our team at the University of Findlay. While being there I got to practice and play a lot. It was great hitting and playing outside in nice temperatures. Now that I am back in Ohio, it's much colder but at least the golf courses are open. This week, I will spend most of my time working in the gym, on the simulator and the indoor putting green however. Why? Because I was able to learn a lot from my rounds outside and I know what to work on. Sometimes it is best to get that done inside. Our indoor putting green is superior to the greens outside right now and I'm mainly working on fundamentals and my stroke. When I'm outside I work on pace and confidence. To be successful a player needs both of these areas covered. Through my work at the gym and the new Callaway clubs I was also able to pick up some distance and I'm very pleased with that! I really wanted to use this post to let other players know that you don't need to be in Florida (or some other warm place) all year to get better. As long as you put the work in and have a balanced practice plan you will improve just as much I'm sure of it!
In this section I post updates about my practice, tournaments, travelling and other thoughts. I hope to be able to bring you my journey a little closer and give you some insights into my life.