Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Why hasn't BC ever produced a great golfer?
The Masters is on my mind this week and a running story will be the play of amateur champion Peter Uihlein. Uihlein was born in Massachusetts and lived in the area until he moved to Florida at the age of 13 to train at IMG. There have been other New England golfers who have had varied levels of success, but no golfer with BC ties has ever made an impact on the PGA Tour. Obviously weather has a huge role in this, but now that we play in the ACC, that should be somewhat mitigated. We play top schools and top courses. There are enough facilities in the area for BC golfers to practice year round. Plus the demographics surrounding golf overlay well with the typical BC student. We've improved recruiting but still aren't there yet. I know college golf talent tends to cluster around certain programs. I also know that there are plenty of more obvious golf schools that have never generated PGA talent. But these things are cyclical. With the right recruiting and continued focus on selling other aspects of BC while ignoring the weather, maybe one day we will see a PGA Tour winner with an eagle head cover.