Kalin lost to Blake Moore (
“Everyone’s goal is to win,” Kalin said. “Realistically, you can’t win in everything you do. Sometimes you have to lose to learn how to win. My kids and family will be proud to see me get this far.”
Considering his past, playing in
What he lost was his desire to play golf.
“After it happened, I decided to stop playing, because in my mind, I believed that I was kidnapped because of the game of golf,” he explained.
Kalin didn’t touch a golf club for more than 10 years, and when he did, in his early 20’s, he only played a few times. On Aug. 19, 2008, his birthday, he played again and immediately decided to pursue professional golf. To reach his goal, he started working with an instructor in the hopes of playing in the 2010 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.
“My goal when I first started was to give myself three years to get to the Nationwide or PGA TOUR,” Kalin said. “I am almost at the one-year point and have accomplished more than I thought I could. I don’t have a backup plan, because you can’t plan on failure. You can just plan on succeeding.”
While his plan failed in