Former Golf Standout Finding Success on Professional Tour in Europe
Aug 25, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Former Louisiana Tech golf standout Sam Forgan, a three-time letterman for the Bulldogs, is currently finding success on a professional developmental tour based out of his native United Kingdom, placing in three of his last five tournaments.
Forgan is currently playing in the PGA EuroPro Tour, a developmental professional golf tour based in the United Kingdom.
"I am not surprised that he is doing so well because he has a heck of a swing and a good work ethic," Louisiana Tech Head Coach Jeff Parks said. "It is fun watch our kids grow in their four years here and then go on and achieve some of their dreams."
The top few finishers on the order of merit win a tour card for the following season on Europe's second tier golf tour, the Challenge Tour, and also a place at the Stage Two Qualifying School for the European Tour (which is the second stage of three).
"One thing that has really helped my game this summer is being in contact with Jeremy Robinson (the father of Tech golfer Ben Robinson) and Neil Matthews, a swing coach," Forgan explained. "I have made some subtle changes to my swing that has really helped my consistency. A huge part of succeeding in tournament golf is understanding your tendencies under pressure so you can notice and then control them."
Forgan's connection with Robinson has also led him to Blackstar Sports, a management company that has helped Forgan get his professional career off the ground both with financial assistance and professional advice. Through that connection he has received an invitation to play in a Challenge Tour event.
"Blackstar has recently given me a fantastic opportunity to play in a Challenge Tour event in Ireland this coming week, an event I cannot wait to play in," Forgan said.
That tour event will be the Northern Ireland Open Challenge presented by Clannah and XJET in Ballymena, Northern Ireland at the Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Estates. That event is part of the Challenge Tour, the second tied professional golf tour in Europe.
"Making money in any sport is difficult and golf is no different," said Forgan. "However, in the short time I've been pro I have already learned a lot about the professional game and how my game can stand up under pressure. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead."
Forgan recently placed tied for 16th at the HotelPlanner.com Championship as he shot -2 (67+71+70=208) over the three-day tournament in Wadhurst, England.
"The contrast between playing for you and playing for a team is very different," Forgan said. "There is a different edge to the pro game because you know each bogey is money out of your own pocket. As a result, I am a more sensible player whereas in college I was known for my - at times - gung-ho mindset. I am sure Coach [Jeff] Parks is tearing his hair out reading this now! Also, the players are much less talkative, especially when you are beating them!"
Over the last two months, Forgan has won over $3,450 with three finishes in the top 16. His first professional placing came during the July 24-26 Kingspan Concra Open in Monaghan, Ireland where Forgan shot an even 216 (78+68+70=216). That placed him tied for 12th.
He followed that with a tied-for-fourth finish at the Rowallan Castle Open in Kilmarnoch, Scotland as he shot a two-under-par 138 (69+69) in the two-round event from July 31 to Aug. 2. That top four finish netted Forgan over $2,000 alone.
Forgan, a native of Stowmarket, England, can be found on Twitter at @SamForgan where he often tweets about his professional game, successes and pictures of his travels.
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