Overcome With Emotion after Overcoming Adversity


Perhaps you saw it on Sunday - Samsung Canadian PGA Championship winner Aaron Oberholser fighting back the tears on more than one occasion while talking with The Golf Channel's Jerry Foltz as a newly crowned champion. Sure it made for compelling television. It also made for a few extra fans in Oberholser's corner as he wedges his way to the top of golf's professional ladder.
This is a young Californian who played collegiately at San Jose State, and nearly earned a PGA Tour card at the Qualifying Tournament finals two years ago in the California desert. If not for a misplaced tee shot at the 107th hole in the six-round affair that cost him a spot with the very best, Aaron might not be so overwhelmed with emotion at the thought of winning on the Buy.Com Tour.
But that's how golf works. At least that's the way Oberholser sees it these days. And he appears just fine with that. Nothing will again be taken for granted it seems. And as we saw, nothing is more appreciated than a 'victory speech' on his way to the PGA Tour via the minor leagues.
The young Oberholser is a joy to be around. He seems to find the positive in everything, which is sometimes tough after injuring his wrist last year during a warm-up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and fighting off illness, all of which cost him valuable time competing in spot duty on the PGA Tour and in full-time work on the Buy.com Tour.
His struggles to find the right answers to Jerry's questions on Sunday at Diamondback Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario were very real. 'Bad question,' Aaron said when asked about how much support he's received from those who've stuck with him during his struggles. That answer only came because Oberholser couldn't find the words that would say it best. OK, perhaps he just couldn't contain the emotion. Nothing wrong with that.
Between the ropes we're quickly finding out that, if healthy, Aaron Oberholser is a real competitor as well. After barely making the cut, all he did on the weekend was go 14-under-par with just one bogey over the final 36 holes to win by two shots. He said the win came much because of his ability to 'focus,' and much because of his ability to learn from a recent playoff loss at Virginia Beach where Cliff Kresge holed one from the rough to knock him out.
Oberholser is now No. 1 on the money list and inching closer to the goal he'd set out for himself a few years ago.
We all know that sometimes things don't happen when we think they're supposed to. Oberholser is finding that out. His mishap at Q-School is behind him, and hopefully so to are his injuries.
For now its full-steam ahead, with focus on the course and a good dose of emotion as well. I like that.