Patience. It's something Tim Hegarty has been working on, and the results were evident this past week in Ocoee, Fla.
For the second consecutive tournament in the Hooters Tour Winter Series, the 28-year-old New Yorker didn't card anything worse than a bogey and you could hear the pleasure in his voice.
'I didn't make as many birdies as I usually do, but what's been good has been no double bogeys,' he said Thursday from his home in Orlando. 'I've been managing my game really well.'
Hegarty is one of four mini-tour players GolfChannel.com in featuring in our year-long series, 'The Minors,' as they vie for status on the Nationwide or PGA tours next year.
The event at Forest Lake Golf Club marked the end of Hegarty's run in the Winter Series. After missing the cut in seven of his first eight starts, he made the cut in two of his final three events.
Hegarty has a penchant for making lots of birdies, but also making some big numbers to ruin rounds. Thanks to work with his coach, David Glenz, a former PGA Tour player and PGA Professional of the Year, he's been able to curtail the mistakes.
'Glenz has been in my ear lately about being objective and strategic,' Hegarty said.
He also noted some advice given to him a while back from Nationwide Tour player and friend Rob Oppenheim, who has won twice during this season's Winter Series.
'Oppenheim told me, 'Really good golf is really boring golf,'' recounted Hegarty, who posted sub-par rounds of 70-69-70 for a tie for 21st in his Winter Series finale.
Up next is the eGolf Professional Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour), where Hegarty will play the majority of the events in and around North Carolina. He'll start his campaign at the season-opening event in Hilton Head Island, S.C., next week. He also said he'll try and Monday qualify for the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in Tampa, Fla.
'I'm looking forward to it,' Hegarty said. 'Got some positives to take with me.'