|Former NC Central golfer Bohannon drives to earn a spot on PGA Tour|
|Record-setting Eagle toils in golf's minor leagues|
|Published Monday, May 20, 2019 9:12 am|
|PHOTO | ERIN MIZELLE|
|Former North Carolina Central golfer Jordan Bohannon is aiming to earn a spot on the sport’s biggest stage, the PGA Tour. First, though, is training to get through the minor leagues on the Golden State Tour in California.|
INDIO, Calif. – Former North Carolina Central golf standout Jordan Bohannon is continuing his golfing career, chasing his dream of playing on the PGA Tour.
Bohannon turned professional last July after graduating cum laude from NCCU, moving to Southern California to fully devote his time to making the PGA Tour. He’s already had some early success, winning his first professional tournament in August, while also shooting his lowest stroke total for a round, 66, the following tournament.
The Southfield, Michigan, native competed in 89 rounds during his four years at NCCU, setting the school’s modern era records for career scoring (75.7), single-season scoring (74.1), top-10 finishes (17) and event wins (three), and shares the record for lowest round in relation to par (minus-4). Bohannon was also a part of the school’s first squad to win a modern era team event.
The 22-year-old has always been in love with golf. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t play golf,” he said. “My father showing me golf is one of the earliest memories I have. It’s a part of me. It’s something I have always done.”
Around the time Bohannon started playing golf, he also began watching Tiger Woods. “When I was young, around six or seven years old, Tiger Woods was in his prime,” Bohannon explained. “He was winning tournament after tournament, and it motivated me to play.”
The combination of his father’s support and Tiger Woods’s play is what Bohannon attributes as being his biggest inspiration to play golf.
The former NCCU standout’s move to Southern California has allowed him to work on improving his game as much as he can.
“Being from Michigan, I wouldn’t even be able to practice outside right now. Southern California has good weather pretty much all the time, and is also a very competitive golf atmosphere.”
Bohannon notes the professional tour is much more competitive than college, which he uses to motivate him in his training.
“I start every day (when not competing) by studying video of my swings and looking over my past rounds to help game plan what I need to work on that day,” he said. “I go to the course after that, where I work on my putting, chipping and driving.”
This training lasts around five hours at the course, and goes longer if he decides to play a round. This practice is also paired with three weight-training sessions a week.
“Jordan is a hard worker. I never had to worry about him,” said NCCU golf head coach David Hinton III. “He was always working on his game, and working in the classroom. He takes it very seriously. He knows what it takes to be a champion.”
Bohannon’s main focus in practice right now is distance control; something he believes will take his game to the next level. Distance control is the ability a golfer has to determine how hard or soft they hit the ball when trying to get on the green.
“Improving my distance control will allow me get the ball within five feet of the hole, rather than 15-20 feet,” he said. “This will give me more chances to keep my score low and keep stress off of me during rounds.”
The road to the PGA Tour requires a lot of dedication and resilience from an individual, which Bohannon is not afraid of. In fact, his favorite memory from NCCU was battling through a nagging wrist injury during a windy final round to overcome a three-stroke deficit. It was also his first collegiate tournament win.
“Winning the tournament isn’t what I was proud of. It was how I handled the adversity, and how I dealt with my nagging wrist injury and the playing conditions,” he said.
Hinton praises Bohannon’s demeanor on the course as well. “Jordan also keeps his emotions in check on the course very well, something rare for a college student to possess,” Hinton said. “That’s how I know he is able to play the professional game. Resolve, not getting too high or too low… staying even keel… he’s got what it takes.”
Bohannon is currently competing on the Golden State Tour in Southern California. He describes this tour as the “minor leagues” of the PGA. Through this tour, he is competing to earn a spot on the Web.com Tour, which is the last step before making the PGA Tour.
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