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Mini-tour blog: Carolina on my mind

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By Jordan Holley

GolfWRX Contributor

Jordan Holley, 28, is a mini-tour player pursuing his dream of earning a PGA Tour card. He graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he was an NCAA All-American and a member of the Cleveland Golf Academic All-American First Team. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur in 2008, and since turning professional has played on the NGA Hooters and eGolf tours, as well as other minor league tours.

There is nothing quite like coming home.  You could be gone for a few weeks or gone for years, but the feeling is the same.  Just driving through the state line into North Carolina and seeing familiar ground gives me such a sense of calm. I don’t know about you, but home is where you feel centered and balanced, calm and comfortable.

Getting out of South Florida and back to where people wave when they pass and don’t give you that weird look when you hold the door for them is refreshing to say the least. People tend to use turn signals. When someone honks his or her horn it’s usually a friendly one or two taps and doesn’t sound like someone face planted into the steering wheel. People drive normal cars and you don’t see 16-year-old kids driving $100,000 Mercedes.  The only surgeries most people have around here are usually health related. All of these things make me appreciate home.

Well, I’m back and riding some good waves both on and off the golf course. Some great practice at the end of last month coupled with a few sessions with my coach Mike Adams at Medalist Golf Club led me to two top-three finishes including a win in my last two events on the Golfslinger’s Minor League Tour.  I have sprinkled in a few really low rounds in between and can really feel the difference between dedicating myself full time versus splitting my time tending bar until the middle of the night!

Here’s where things get interesting — the potential sponsors I met in South Florida (check out my past stories) have contributed to me dumping my 2000 Honda Civic, you know, the one with 175,000 miles, a broken window, no a/c and balding tires? Although we have not struck a long-term deal, they have provided me with a large portion of a payment on a new, larger, safer and definitely cooler (a/c and looks) Mazda 3!  I can’t even put into words how thankful I am and obviously made the drive home a little sweeter.

I’ve still been reliving the last eGolf event (click here for Jordan’s last story “Pure Strikes and Shanks”) and have decided that although I didn’t get the job done at St. James I have become a better player because of it.  I have learned some technical things as well as truly gained an understanding of just where I need to improve mentally. I have been blessed with a fantastic new home course this week to work out of just outside of Wilmington, NC.  It is called Cape Fear National and is one of the best-conditioned, toughest tests of golf within 100 miles or more.  My current schedule has two more events on the eGolf Tour in the next two weeks and then back to Florida.  I am excited for the challenge of getting myself back into contention and sealing the deal! I can’t thank you all enough for the support!

Click here for more discussion and a chance to interact with Jordan in the “Tour Talk” forum.

You can Jordan on Twitter @J_Holley6under or on www.jordanholleygolf.com.

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  1. Ford Th?ng Long

    Feb 28, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Here’s where things get interesting — the potential sponsors I met in South Florida (check out my past stories) have contributed to me dumping my 2000 Honda Civic, you know

  2. I delight in, cause I found just what I was having a look for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  3. Thanks for the update, is there any way I can receive an email sent to me when you write a fresh article?

  4. WickNilly

    May 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I enjoy your posts and am glad to hear about the new car! My 95 Altima just turned 293k, but she obviously wants me to succeed b/c she’s still running like a champ! Keep plugging away and maybe we’ll be competing against each other soon!

  5. Chad Bullock

    May 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Always nice to read, as I am trying do the mini tour thing also. Stay positive and keep up the good work!

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson testing Callaway’s mini driver

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There is some serious equipment testing going on at Pinehurst’s legendary No. 2 course before the 2024 U.S. Open starts! We spotted renowned club tinkerer Phil Mickelson on the range with a new setup. He was testing out the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver with a new Mitsubishi Diamana BB (Blue Board) shaft.

Phil has long been a mini driver/2-wood/strong 3-wood guy, as he was the inspiration for the Callaway “Phranken Wood” about 10 years ago. For many pros, adding a strong 3-wood or mini driver allows them to turn it over easier and add a more consistent draw to their bag off the tee without losing too much distance.

Mitsubishi’s Diamana BB is the newest mid-launch shaft in the Diamana line. The “BB” on the shaft of course references the iconic Blue Board shafts from 20 years ago and this model will have a similar smooth feel.

 

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GolfWRX is live this week from the third major of the season: the U.S. Open at historic Pinehurst No. 2.

Qualifier WITBs are the stars the the show so far — along with in-hand looks at what Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau are playing.

Check back throughout the week as we continue to add more galleries.  

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Why Wyndham Clark is playing a brand-new driver and an old putter this week

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article originally filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report by our Andrew Tursky. Read the full piece here. 

At the top end of the bag, Clark is set to change into Titleist’s new GT2 driver during the first week it’s being made available to PGA TOUR players. On Monday, Titleist officially unveiled its new lineup of GT drivers and fairway woods, and Clark plans to become one of the early adopters of the new technology as competition begins on Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Interestingly, Clark was relatively late to make a permanent switch into the company’s previous TSR3 driver. Although the TSR drivers first launched in 2022, Clark was back-and-forth with the 2020 TSi3 driver and the 2022 TSR3 driver until the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2024.

On Wednesday, GolfWRX.com caught up with Clark to get his take on the new GT2 driver, and why he’s switching so quickly.

“It’s faster (than my previous TSR3),” Clark said. “I felt like I got 2-3 mph more ball speed, which is amazing. And it has really consistent spin, which is obviously huge for what we do out here.”

…On the bottom end of the bag, Clark will likely play his first event since 2023 without an Odyssey Jailbird putter in the bag.

In case you forgot, Clark and Rickie Fowler were the trendsetters who brought the 2014 Odyssey Versa Jailbird back to the forefront of the golf market in 2023. Clark then switched into the upgraded Odyssey Ai Jailbird during the week of his win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

This week, however, Clark is going back in time, switching into a PXG prototype mallet that he used in 2022.

Read the full piece at PGATour.com

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