CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- ALL RIGHT, gang of green, your team's spring football practice gets underway in a day or so, which means we shall discuss ...
A little soccer, too. Maybe baseball, too, if you can hack you way through it all.
Hey, it happens when the entire football program - players, coaches, everybody - go on spring break. All are back today, preparing to shake off their considerable rust Tuesday.
So last week I caught up with two sons of Marshall who have stayed busy, including:
In the summer of 2012, he played six events on the Carolinas-based eGolf Professional Tour, making two cuts and winning a modest $2,257.50. He made a few more bucks on the NGA Tour, making two of three cuts for $4,020. Also, toss in that $2,700 he won for tying for second at the West Virginia Open.
After that, he took his first shot at the PGA Tour's qualifying tournament, also known as "Q School." He made the grade in the Prequalifying Stage, but bowed out in the First Stage in October.
Another learning experience.
"It's just like another tournament," he said. "I think last year I almost put too much pressure on myself. It's really another four-day tournament until you get to the final stage. It's not too bad."
Shortly afterward, he took a respectable run at the NGA Winter Series, making the cut seven out of nine starts and earning $8,047. That's not bad - only about one-third of the players make the cut, compared with the 70-plus out of 156 at the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic.
His best was a tie for 13th, so he needs a taste of serious contention. He got that playing in two events on the really low-stakes West Florida Golf Tour, losing in a three-way playoff on Feb. 11.
Since then, he has played three eGolf events, making the cut in all and earning $3,028.33. He traveled to Wilmington, N.C., today in preparation for a tournament in nearby Southport.
He'll take his shot at bigger and better platforms, certainly. When the Web.com Tour shifts to the East, he'll enter Monday qualifiers for those. He'll take another stab at the Greenbrier Classic qualifier, in which a 66 only qualified in a six-for-four-spot playoff in 2012.