My name is Matthew Swabb, I’m from the Dayton, OH area, I’m 20 years old, and I have developed a dream. That dream is to play in the US Open. Although this dream came to my imagination during the Spring of 2018, it was 10 days ago that I decided that I would put my free time into making it come true. I gave myself the goal of qualifying to the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, with Thursday of that tournament being June 18th, 2020. As of when I made the declaration to myself that I was going to pursue this, I had 590 Days until that Thursday. I know have 581 Days. I have been and will continue to keep a written log of both my thoughts and feelings about the preparation for the event and also just my day to day doings as an American 20 year old. Does this sound of interest to anyone as something they would like me to continue to post about and update my status on? Does anyone else have a goal like this that I could bounce struggles and gains off of, ideas for improvement? Does anyone have anything they think could help me improve into becoming a better golfer and better athlete overall? If the answer to any of the previous questions is yes, please let me know. I am also more than willing to expand on more about myself and exactly how I view and play the game of golf if that would interest more of you guys.
Thanks you for reading,
Matthew K. Swabb, a young man with a big dream
November 16th Update
So to the people that did the digging, I am impressed. That average score of an 88 (yikes) was from two years ago, when I played college club golf. Although it is still the same game, they are tournaments in which we were rolling up to the first tee after a night out with the guys, on about 3 hours of sleep. I am have improved drastically from those tournaments, gotten a local Class A PGA Professional Coach, and devote about 2 hours a day to practice and research into what my next step is to be. Obviously I need to get my scoring average down to a 0.0 Handicap if I want to have a sniff of a chance at anything, but that is all a part of the journey in my opinion, the grind to really improve.
My current plan is basically to play nothing but tournament golf and events like that when the season opens back up in Ohio, seeing as currently everything where I live is covered in ice. That is my biggest issue, is getting to a point where the tournament round just feels like another round, being able to let the nerves go and play the game. Once I am able to tackle the mental side of tournament golf, I feel as though I would have a general edge on the field.
I appreciate every single comment that everyone has posted. No one sugar coated, which is the best scenario. Show me what I need to improve, hold me accountable for getting better. That is how I am going to make strides forward, not by people telling me, “Oh you’re going to do great.”
My plan is to give a general update every 10-15 days on here, from the practice drills and sessions I have done to possibly thinking of new equipment in certain areas. And, once the season kicks back up, I will start posting scores from both tournament play and everyday play.
Matthew K. Swabb
(And yes, I still have the belief in myself and I still will pursue the dream)