A Q&A With SwingThought.com Tour Member Chris Wolfe
The Golf Coaches Association of America, in cooperation with its long-time corporate partner, the SwingThought.com Tour, will feature a monthly Q&A with former collegians who are currently playing or have played on the SwingThought.com Tour. Long considered the premier developmental tour in the United States, thousands of former college players have started their professional careers there. More than 250 SwingThought.com Tour alumni have or continue to play on the PGA TOUR.
This month we spoke with former Armstrong State golfer Chris Wolfe. Wolfe was a three-time GCAA PING All-America selection as a Pirate. He has three top-five finishes on the SwingThought.com Tour Pro Series this year.
Q: At what point did you know you wanted to play golf in college?
I realized I wanted to play golf in college when I was a Junior in high school. Growing up my Dad would take me to the golf course with him and we would go play. I eventually fell in love with the game.
Q: How did you determine where you were going to play?
I didn’t have many colleges offering me a scholarship. My grades were ok but not the greatest. I was talking to Armstrong State University, Georgia College State University, Darton and a few more junior colleges.
Q: What is your most memorable golf moment from your time in college?
My most memorable moment while I was in college is when I had the honor to represent my country on the USA Japan Matches. The tourneament took place in Tokyo, Japan.
Q: What was the toughest adjustment going from collegiate golf to professional golf?
The toughest adjustment going from college golf to pro golf would have to be the motivation to get up and prepare yourself properly for every event you play in. Your coach isn’t there anymore to tell you to go practice or play. It comes down to how bad you want it.
Q: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you offer current collegiate golfers hoping to have professional careers?
All the advice I can give is treat golf like your going to work everyday Go practice with a purpose. You should have a good idea of your practice routine and what makes you better every day. Days will come that you get burnt out and when you do get away from the game for a week or two. Golf is just a game and its supposed to be fun.
Q: What are some of your fondest memories while being on the SwingThought.com Tour?
Some of my fondest moments while playing on the SwingThought.com Tour is when I eagled 4 straight par 5s at Woodcreek. Another moment was when I beat Ted Potter in a playoff to get Q School paid for at Callaway Gardens.
Q: What is your favorite part of life as a professional golfer?
My favorite part of life as a professional golfer is the places golf takes you. I have been to some beautiful places in different countries.
Q: What is the best piece of golf advice you have been given?
The best piece of advice I have been given over the years is always BE PATIENT and always find the positives in every shot on the course.
Q: What’s the best round of golf you have ever played?
Best round I have ever shot is 61 at Callaway Gardens.
Q: What do you think you would be doing if you had not played professional golf?
If I wasn’t playing golf I would most likely be a salesman for some company, I like to think I am pretty good with people and I honestly never had anything outside of sports that I wanted to do.