I've always loved following golf dreamers. Over the years I blogged several times about stories of those working their way to make golf their dream, and I was a huge fan of the Q-school process (before they changed it) because there were literally hundreds of dreamers working towards goals imagined. After spending the week uploading several years worth of old posts from my time at Tees2Greens, I re-read several posts about some of those dreamers and I thought I should follow up on some of those names and stories.
The first person I looked up was Phil Bundy. I wrote about Phil back in 2009...he had started a web site and blog about his dream to become the oldest rookie on the PGA Tour at age 43. Several bloggers and picked up on his story and he documented his press mentions on his web site through 2009. I went back to his web site today and his last blog post was in 2011 (about the PGA Merchandise show). A little more Googling didn't turn out much of any more information.
I found out he had a sports marketing company, which is focused on golf events, but other than that, nothing. I couldn't find 1 post, entry, or article about his quest to get on the PGA Tour. I did send an email to his "info" email but not sure if I'll hear back. I'll be honest, this one was most disappointing because he seemed like a real dreamer!! Makes the announcement and literally nothing after that. We'll see if I ever hear back.
The next dreamer I looked into a bit was Mike Gray...Mike had a blog called Life in the Rough and was on some message boards as Double Eagle. Mike was a software engineer and his goal was to become a teaching pro. I remember that he did post on his blog about practicing and trying to improve his game, but when I went to look him up his web site was no longer active. So it was back to Google...it took awhile but I found a Google+ account and that linked to a Facebook account, and then I found a Twitter account as well. His twitter account doesn't allow messaging, so I sent a message through Facebook to see if I could get an update from him.
The third dreamer I learned about and followed was Erik Tammar...Erik decided his road to professional golf would be through the Thailand...he up and moved there to play golf and improve so he could try for the PGA Tour in a year. He was 25 and a double digit handicapper, so this really was a dreamer story! I went to find his blog and when I tried to get there it redirected me to a Linkedin page of Evan White. SOOO....back to Google! Found that Erik has started an online company called Swinger Box Golf. You can get a glove, 3 balls, and some tees for $20 (not sure if this includes shipping or not).
I found Erik on Twitter, too! I'm hoping to connect with him via email to find out more about his story and what has happened in the past 6 or so years and where golf dreaming is in his life.
My next task is to look up the Minnesota dreamers who were a part of my Q-school stories over the years...Clayton Rask, Donald Constable, Jon Sauer, Justin Smith and a few others.
I guess sometimes times brings new and different dreams.
More to come!
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