College career nearing its end, onward and upward!

Old Dominion Athletics LogoThis post is simply a reflection of my time here abroad in the US, both the positives and negatives of the whole experience.

Let me start by saying that the whole experience has been something I will cherish for the rest of my life. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve seen, the golf courses I’ve been lucky enough to play and the things I’ve learnt will forever occupy a special place in my heart. When looking back on how lucky I am to even be alive and still playing golf, its quite incredible. I am so thankful for all the support I have received from my family and friends and although a big part of my life is nearly at its end, I’m excited to see what golf has in store for me in the pro ranks.

For anybody out there young enough to be still thinking about taking the giant step across the pond to start a college golf career, I would support that idea wholeheartedly however I urge you to be extremely careful about where you choose to go based on the lack of support you may receive both emotionally and technically (golf swing). Some people seem to think that the whole experience is a 4 year holiday filled with sun, fun and all the other good stuff associated with university. The reality is not the case. As long as you are prepared to work harder than your average student, balancing both 4-5 hours of practice with 4-5 hours of school then the college golf route is definitely right for you.

It has become a running theme over the past few years or so where international students especially underestimate the amount of time one has to dedicate to their studies. With travelling to tournaments taking up 2-3 days of school as well as your weekend  it becomes increasingly hard as the years go on to cram all your studying for exams and writing essays for classes into the short time you have away from practice and tournament play. I’m not saying its impossible  because if I can do it, anybody can! I guess all I’m trying to say is that don’t be fooled by ideas of spring breaks, grandeur and  sublime weather because that isn’t what being a student-athlete in the US is about.

This post isn’t a rant about all the negatives that college golf entails. Its part of life, of course there are always going to be things which a certain individual doesn’t like or feels particularly strongly about. There are so many amazing opportunities given to student-athletes and on balance it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made based on my experiences and thank my lucky stars I’ve been fortunate enough spend 4 years in the US.

I hope this has been informative and given more of an insight into what a college golfer has to go through in order to achieve success and graduate with a wealth of knowledge.

Thanks for reading,

Tom

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  1. Really good article Tom, just keep me informed how things are going please, I did enjoy our game last Friday, if you are ever in need to walk around with you (I can’t say play any more) to embarrassed at my standard these days e-mail me
    Frank

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