Earlier this week I had a chance to circle up with recent Hooter’s Tour winner, Patrick Nagle. Patrick was nice enough to give us a quick insight into the life of a Developmental Tour player.
How old were you when you started playing golf?
I started playing golf at the age of 10, but really didn’t play competitively until high school.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played soccer and basketball growing. I had no real interest in golf, my hand eye coordination as a child was beyond awful.
Who has influenced your golf game the most over the years?
My parents. They have been nothing but supportive and have given so much of their time and effort to make sure I was always able to play golf.
At what point did you think you could make a living playing professional golf?
After my freshman year of college, I really started to believe that I could play professionally. But in all honesty, you really don’t know until you get out here and play. In college golf you think you have the game figured out, in reality you know absolutely nothing about what it takes to compete out here.
Highlight of your golf career?
Playing in the US Open at Winged Foot as an amateur or winning the California State Amateur at Pebble Beach. Its hard to beat winning anything at Pebble Beach.
You recently won on the Hooters Tour, describe that feeling?
Satisfaction. I have been playing consistently well over the past 12 months and it was great to finally be rewarded. It is hard work to win out here, one round in the 70′s and you are usually eliminated from having a chance to win, so it felt great to put 4 very good rounds together and come out on top.
When you played in the US Open how much extra pressure was added compared to a regular event?
I was an amateur at the time, a junior at the University of Illinois, so there wasn’t a lot of pressure on me. Looking back I wish I would have gone into that week more focused on trying to play well, I was so excited just to be there that I didn’t perform as well as I would have liked. It was still one of the greatest experiences of my life. Playing in the US Open with a college bag is something a lot of players don’t get the opportunity to experience.
What is currently in your bag?
-Cleveland DST Driver and 3 wood.
-Cleveland HiBore Hybird
-Cleveland CG1 Blade Irons 3-PW
-Cleveland CG15 wedges 54 and 60
-Cleveland BRZ Putter #5
What made you make the switch to Srixon golf balls?
I felt like the golf ball was superior to its competition. It never once has surprised me in its flight or spin.
OK, now when I ask these next questions just say the first thing that comes to mind.
Driver: Longer or Straighter?
I will take straighter all day long.
3 Irons or 3Hybrid?
3 iron for now, thinking of making a switch soon though.
Rough or Bunker?
Match play or stroke play?
Stroke, every shot counts.
Sports car or off road vehicle?
Sports car, who doesn’t like to go fast?
Comedy or action movie?
I’m a movie lover, I’ll take both action and comedy, nothing beats a good scary movie though.
Night owl or early riser?
Vacation in the mountains or at the beach?
Football or futbol?