The Future is Now


As we kick off our fourth year of College Central presented by PING, its hard to imagine how quickly the time has gone. It seems just like yesterday when J.B. Holmes was this long hitting kid attracting some attention at the University of Kentucky. Now Holmes can call himself a PGA Tour winner after his 7 shot victory last week at the FBR Open.
We have now reached a point with College Central where we are starting to see the young men and women of the collegiate ranks graduate to the next level. While every aspiring golfer will not reach their ultimate goal of playing professionally on the biggest stage, we are seeing more and more become successful in their quest.
The veterans of the Tour realize these young superstars are the future, and I feel lucky to have covered them while they were in college. Its not just Holmes making waves and a whole lot of money. Former Florida standout Camilo Villegas finished in a tie for second in the desert, and may very well be the next young gun to find himself in the winners circle. Bill Haas and Ryan Moore are another pair to keep an eye on as this year on the PGA Tour continues.
While the men have represented themselves nicely, the women dont quite have the same impact. This is for the simple fact that the likes of Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel opt to make the jump right to the play for pay ranks. But there is one to keep an eye on as the 2006 LPGA Tour season kicks off next week.
After two years at Duke University, and a second place showing at the U.S. Womens Open, Brittany Lang decided to forego her final two years in Durham, and make the move to the next level. With a handful of events under her belt from 2005, I fully expect this young lady to make an impact this year on the LPGA.
I wont say any of these players are the next Tiger or Annika, but rest assured the future is bright with these up and comers, and dont blink.because the future is now.
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