Hello all I have an update for everyone. This season as many of you have read I decided to forgo PGA Canada and focus on playing mini tour events and state opens. For the summer I picked the Dakotas Tour.
This tour has been around for over 18 years and the money is really good. More guys are learning how well run these events are and the purses for all the three day events. The reason the money is so good is that every event is pro am format. A team of three amateurs pays an entry into the event and the first two days they play with one professional. The fields are small, for example this week in Sioux Falls its 75 guys with the winner taking home $15,000.
It is unique and an adjustment playing with 3 amateur golfers who lose lots of balls and don't hit the best shots but overall it doesn't affect me that much. The fields after two rounds are cut to 30% of the pros. Those pros play in normal threesomes with each other the final day. Supposedly this Tim Ailes guy is over 40 and has played every year up here and makes 30-40k each season.
I decided to take the 23 hour drive after the Golden State in Reno which I took solo 6th https://goldencuptou...leaderboard.htm
I had 4 days before the first event out here and that gave me time to sight see. If you follow me on instagram you already knew this. I drove 7 hours and stopped at an Airbnb for the night, then woke up at 540 am and drove 5 hours to this pure pure golf course in Rawlin Wyoming called Rochelle Ranch. An 8000 yard course from the tips in great shape. After that I drove 5 more hours to my new Airbnb in Rapid City South Dakota. I saw Mount Rushmore and hiked in Custer State Park for a day. The bear picture was from a drive through safari animal park called Bear Country. Im glad that I stopped and saw a part of the country that I hadn't visited yet. The drive out however was very very boring. A lot of nothing out here in the middle northern states. The good news is the speed limits are 80 mph and I set my cruise at 90 for most of the 1700 miles.
The money I saved having my car out is was well worth it. My plan is to play all the big ones and if I qualify for the Web events then I will miss two of them. I finish up tomorrow here in Sioux Falls then I play next week in Sioux Center Iowa. After that I drive to Nebraska and play the Web.com monday. If I don't qualify I drive up north to Aberdeen South Dakota to play an event.
Upcoming events after those:
Long Beach Open
Stonebrae Web Monday
ProJam South Dakota
2 more events in North Dakota
My website has all the schedule and the links:
john myrbch, on 06 July 2018 - 06:30 PM, said:
Just read this entire thread in 2 days... what a read. Best of luck to you Matt. I realize this is off topic, but now that I'm caught up here, can someone tell me how to find McCann1's thread? Thanks in advance.
Thanks, glad to have a new follower. Keep looking for updates on my new Dakotas adventure.