This past summer, The Club at Viniterra’s head golf pro Josh Speight competed in the 2012 PGA Mid-Atlantic Section Championship held at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Josh finished in 3rd place overall, securing a spot in the 46th PGA Professional National Championship taking place June 23-26, 2013. The tournament is held at one of the country’s most scenic golf destinations in Oregon’s Sun River Resort. The Championship boasts a 312 player field with 41 PGA regional sections represented from around the country. Top 20 finishers earn a berth in the coveted 4th PGA Tour Major, the PGA Championship.
We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Josh and discuss his mentality heading into next week….
What are your feelings going into the Sun River tournament and competing for spot at the heralded PGA Championship?
JS: I am very excited to be competing in this great championship. I feel that my game is where it needs to be and I am ready for the challenge. It would be a great honor and accomplishment to qualify for the PGA Championship and I am looking forward to the opportunity.
How have you prepared mentally and physically to compete at such a high level?
JS: I have been practicing every day since the beginning of March. I have worked really hard on my putting, which has traditionally been a weakness, I feel that I am putting better than I ever have. The practice has been paying off.
What challenges do you foresee competing out West in a different golf environment? – How do you plan to overcome?
JS: The biggest challenge will be adjusting to playing at such a high altitude. Sun iver Resort is almost 4,000 ft. above sea level. This thinner air will make the golf ball go much farther, I have heard about 10% farther. It will be interesting to see how I adjust. I will be arriving three days prior to the start of the event to help prepare my game for the conditions.
Best of luck Josh, We know you will represent Viniterra proudly!!
More info on the tournament can be found here: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2013-pga-professional-national-championship-headed-back-sunriver