His perseverance is more than admirable.
He turned pro shortly after high school, playing the Moonlight Tour in central Florida. He made the then-Nationwide Tour in 2004, playing 24 tournaments . . . and missing all 24 cuts.
His luck turned upward on the NGA Hooters Tour, where he was named player of the year in 2006 and 2009. But he took two more shots to get through the Nationwide, finally finishing second in the 2011 money list and earning a "graduation."
"When you're missing cuts every week, you get down on yourself," said Potter, still just 28. "But the one thing, plus-side for me is I was still young. I mean, I was only 20 years old."
Kelly isn't as highly ranked in the world, but he rose nearly 300 places from 464th to 167th in the World Rankings. Beljan, who scored his first world points ever in early June, went from No. 1,080 to 378th.
Having tasted life at the top, they can testify how tough it is to get there.
"I just think golf in general at every level has gotten so much better," Kelly said. "I think the mini-tours are better, I think guys learn to shoot low scores."
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