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Hi all, I ran into an odd discussion in my clubhouse lounge the other night and I was hoping someone here could provide some answers. One of the guys at my club has a 12 year old who is pretty good. The kid is very driven to doing something in his life involving golf. I gotta say, for a 12 year old kid he is very grounded in the fact that being a touring pro is a very tough grind, so when you ask him what he wants to do, he is pretty open about he would love to be a club pro, or a teaching pro just anything that involves gol for a living. It got me thinking, what are all the different levels of being a certified professional golfer?

I am obviously aware or touring pro and you have to earn your stripes through the traditional channels, but what are some other golf professions and what sort of hopps do you have to jump through to do it right?

Also, I am not a 9 handicap 32 year old considering this myself and using the cover of another person's kid. I am more than happy with my job, my family and to some extent my handicap. I knwo there are a lot fo folks on this board with plenty of experience at all levels of golf and would love to know some more about what goes on behind the scenes of what it takes to get to all the various levels out there.
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Hi all, I ran into an odd discussion in my clubhouse lounge the other night and I was hoping someone here could provide some answers. One of the guys at my club has a 12 year old who is pretty good. The kid is very driven to doing something in his life involving golf. I gotta say, for a 12 year old kid he is very grounded in the fact that being a touring pro is a very tough grind, so when you ask him what he wants to do, he is pretty open about he would love to be a club pro, or a teaching pro just anything that involves gol for a living. It got me thinking, what are all the different levels of being a certified professional golfer?

 

I am obviously aware or touring pro and you have to earn your stripes through the traditional channels, but what are some other golf professions and what sort of hopps do you have to jump through to do it right?

 

Also, I am not a 9 handicap 32 year old considering this myself and using the cover of another person's kid. I am more than happy with my job, my family and to some extent my handicap. I knwo there are a lot fo folks on this board with plenty of experience at all levels of golf and would love to know some more about what goes on behind the scenes of what it takes to get to all the various levels out there.

 

 

www.pgalinks.com will have all the info you need. For the most part, you're going to starve for the first few years in the apprentice program. Long hours & no golf=no fun. But, if you stick with it, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Isn't turning pro as simple as turning in your amatuer status?

 

Has anyone here gone through the process of having their amatuer status reinstated? There is one guy I know who tried to make it, didn;t and got his amatuer status back, but it was recent enough that I know he does not really like to discuss it.

 

Also, if you qualified as an amatuer for a tour event and led by 10 strokes on saturday night, could you turn pro overnight and collect a check? I have always wondered that and alwys been too lazy to ask anyone. Thank god for golfwrx!

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Life is all about dreams. Good for the 12 year old. Golf will bring him a lot of happiness down the road. It is tough to start out with and like someone said, not much golf. You can not turn pro once an event starts and then collect a check. Your status is counted on the Thursday before you tee off.

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