Area Golf: Former Cardinal makes National tour
By his own admission Brandon Myers doesn’t like to work.
Yet, the 2006 Staples-Motley graduate, spent eight hours on the practice range Wednesday in preparation for his first season on the Golfweek National Pro Tour.
Myers qualified for the tour by shooting a three-round 5-under-par 211 Jan. 18-20 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. That tied him for 15th place.
“I’ve been going to school here in New Mexico for five years and I’m done doing that,” Myers said by phone. “I didn’t have anything going on so I thought I would try and qualify for this tour. It was a two-day qualifier and while it was pretty nerve-wracking, I’ve worked with Bill Israelson (head PGA professional at the Vintage in Staples) and I played the amateur circuit in Minnesota. They both have helped me become a better player.”
Myers lettered two years at S-M before heading to New Mexico.
“He’s played a lot of tournament golf and worked at Cragun’s Legacy Courses and the exposure that afforded him has really helped to improve his game,” said Myers’ high school coach, Glen Hasselberg. “His game has really elevated. He’s a bona fide player.”
Myers hopes so. With bigbyte software as his main sponsor, he hopes to play well, make cuts and hopefully make money.
“I’ve always been driven by sports,” said Myers. “I don’t like to work. I’m trying to make my money elsewhere. I’m just hitting the ball tee to green really well right now. I average about 14 greens in regulation. Getting the ball into the hole has been a struggle, but I’m working on my putting.”
Myers was confident in his game during qualifying and hopes to keep that confidence when the season opens March 6 at Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, Calif. The tour features 15 events with three major tournaments and a players invitational July 10-12 at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii. The top 30 players on the money list will qualify for that event.
“My goal right now is to make cuts,” Myers said. “Hopefully, I can play well and then maybe I will think about the PGA Q school. Either that or keep plugging away.”
For more information on the tour or to follow Myers season visit www.nationalprotour.com.
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 855-5856.