Rookie on Tour: The Education of a PGA Golfer

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Life on the PGA Tour is usually seen through the eyes of its stars. But for every Norman, Watson, Pavin, and Couples, there are a hundred young men who can hit world-class shots, yet who are struggling every day to make it on to the PGA Tour. Rookie on Tour is the story of one of the best of those men, Carl Paulson. If he was not a "can't miss" junior-a Johnny Miller or Tiger Woods phenom-Carl Paulson still had talent, and he had it early. With practice and determination, with a supportive family and an ...
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Overview

Life on the PGA Tour is usually seen through the eyes of its stars. But for every Norman, Watson, Pavin, and Couples, there are a hundred young men who can hit world-class shots, yet who are struggling every day to make it on to the PGA Tour. Rookie on Tour is the story of one of the best of those men, Carl Paulson. If he was not a "can't miss" junior-a Johnny Miller or Tiger Woods phenom-Carl Paulson still had talent, and he had it early. With practice and determination, with a supportive family and an uncompromising coach, he rose from high school to college star and became the kind of player who could crack the top 125. But once there, the life he found was not easy. Q-School creates unbearable anxiety and indescribable joy. The competition is constant and unrelenting. For every one day you win, you will probably lose in the next dozen. You are out to beat every player every day, and on courses that are tougher than any you've ever played. It is a world in which the quality of your life depends on the confidence of your swing. It is budget travel, dinners at Shoney's, pay-per-view motel movies, and beer with the boys-but with the conviction that the first Tour victory is just around the corner. Rookie on Tour is an unforgettable look inside the maddening, marvelous heart of the game.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paulson succinctly sums up his book, written with Virginia psychologist Janda, when he declares, "My story may be more typical than exciting." This account of a golfer's first two years on the pro tour shows how difficult it is for a very good golfer to raise his game to the level at which it is genuinely excellent, and how a positive attitude is essential for a young athlete to triumph over the discouragements that are almost certain to occur. Paulson, who started to play at age 11 and won the Virginia Junior Championship in high school and the Metro Conference Championship at the University of South Carolina, achieved his pro card in 1994 and in his first year won $64,500, finishing 183d on the money list. The following year he garnered first place in the qualifying school tourney but finished 155th on the money list. This detailed catalogue of more than 50 events Paulson entered, good and bad shots he made and purses he won makes for monotonous reading after a while. For only the most avid linksters. (Mar.)
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YA-A book that will inform and inspire young golfers with dreams of competing professionally. Paulson is not a star, nor does he aim to join the ranks of those who are. He is a gifted athlete nonetheless, and ranks among the top 125 players in the country. Reading this book is like enjoying a personal conversation with the author, who comes across as a sincere "nice guy." The appeal of his story lies at least partly in his honesty. He has had to make major changes in his attitude and golf swing, and is open about sharing the stress he feels when he plays poorly and the various challenges of life on the PGA tour. Avid golfers will learn from and enjoy his views on the rigors and joys of the game.-Catherine Charvat, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
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An unusual perspective on the grinding routines of the pro golf circuit: A rookie player recalls his road to the PGA Tour and his first years' experience playing with the big boys. Paulson was a moderately successful junior golfer, earning a four-year golf scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he was an All-America selectee. Turning pro and winning big on the tour should be a piece of cake, right? Hardly. As Paulson and co-author Janda (Psychology/Old Dominion Univ.) explain, the level of competition on the PGA Tour is ferocious. And just getting on the Tour is a grueling experience. Paulson has played the PGA's infamous Qualifying School event three times. The first time he qualified for his Tour card, barely, but failed to earn enough money to keep it. The second time, he won the event but still failed to make the threshhold needed to stay on the Tour. And his third time in the Q-School, he only finished well enough to make the Nike Tour, the minor leagues of men's pro golf in America (which is where he is today). But in his first two seasons on that tour, Paulson acquired some hard-earned knowledge of himself, his game, and the grind that is pro golf. The picture of life on the tour that he presents is not glamorousþlost luggage, hauling your own bags, searching for a caddy for a tournament, forgetting what city you are in, eating in chain restaurants, and living in motels. Janda's co-authorship is light enough to allow the basically likable Paulson to shine through without disguising his callowness and naivet‚. However, the lengthy recounting of rounds good and bad in the most jargon-drenched lingo of golfers makes for less than stimulating reading.Serious golf fans will enjoy this. But for the more casual reader, this story awaits a better teller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425166888
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    A pretty straight forward account of what it's like to go from t

    A pretty straight forward account of what it's like to go from the 'outside' (us) to the 'inside' (pro golf).
    The author keeps foucused on his feelings and expectations of learning the ropes of the PGA tour. This is NOT a 'tell all' type book. There aren't many inside stories about the players. Behind the scenes details get left out.
    If you ever wanted to follow one guy through the process of learning his way around the tour this works. It is a pretty good understanding of what physical and mental hurdles you are going to need to overcome.

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