If nothing else, the second act of Ted Brown’s professional golf career will have the benefit of perspective.
Brown, the one-time VCU star and member of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Silver Anniversary Team, is looking forward to the New Year with fresh optimism after he earned full status on the Web.com Tour, formerly the Nationwide Tour, for the first part of the 2015 season. The Web.com Tour is the primary feeder to the PGA Tour.
He qualified a guaranteed spot in the first eight events of the year when he placed 35th at the tour’s Q-School at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Dec. 16. Brown shot 8-under at the six-round qualifier, including a 5-under 67 during the fourth round.
Brown will head to Panama for the first event of the Web.com Tour season in late January. His status for the remainder of the season will depend on the amount money he wins. Slots for tour stops are subject to a weighted lottery, and players who win the most money stand the best chance of receiving a place in tournament fields.
The means there will be pressure on Brown to play well out of the gate to keep his comeback on an upward climb. If nothing else, he’ll look at the experience with a clearer mind than he did before subpar play and a lack of financing all but brought his career to a halt in 2012 and 2013.
“When you step away from it for a little while, it’s a little easier to get a better perspective,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating [that I couldn’t play]. I had plenty of years of doing it. The more frustrating thing was not doing something with it earlier.”