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Corry Webster - Student at Golf Academy of America in Phoenix

Aug 21, 2014

Canada's Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune Profiles Golf Academy of America in Phoenix Student Corry Webster

When Corry Webster recently moved to Phoenix, Ariz., he had two goals: graduate from Golf Academy of America and then go pro. A condensed format of Logan Clow's article follows:

Corry Webster has traded in the northern Alberta oil rigs, to pursue his dreams of a professional golf career in the warm state of Arizona.

The 32-year-old, who tied 44th at the Sun Life Financial Men's Amateur Championship in July 2012, representing the Bear Creek Golf Club, recently moved with his wife Stephanie and seven-month old son Jax, to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the Golf Academy of America, in hopes of one day playing on the PGA Tour.

Webster says he has always wanted to pursue a professional golf career. However, with long hours on the oil rigs, he says it was hard to find time to get out and play.

"From 2005 to 2009, I didn't even own a set of golf clubs. My wife didn't even know I played golf. In the spring of 2012, I bought some clubs and played a couple of times and went to the Men's Amateur qualifier (tied second) and made it. That's when I got back into it (golf)," said Webster.

"That kind of woke me back up and I got saying 'you know, I would really love this. This is what I want to do.' That's when me and Stephanie started talking about maybe making a change."

Webster says the Academy experience so far has been "amazing."

The Academy focuses on classroom instruction, golf instruction and weekly tournaments, open play and driving range practice, with instruction from PGA Professionals and PGA Master Professionals.

"The teachers are amazing, the facilities are amazing and every day you're working at something you love," he said.

"They've (teachers) taught me to compete under pressure. You can hit the ball great and you can be a really solid player, but if you can't do it when you absolutely have to, that's what separates them (pros from amateurs). "

On July 10-11, Webster tied third at the Arizona State Amateur Qualifier and will be playing in the Arizona State Amateur Championship on Aug. 11-18.

Webster will be one of 144 players competing in a 36-hole stroke play qualifying format with the top 64 advancing to match play at the Arizona State Amateur Championships – a major tournament within the Arizona Golf Association. The tournament will be at the Desert Highlands Golf Club.

"If I win that, I can get into the U.S. Amateur," he said.

He says there are two ways he would be able to qualify to play in the PGA Tour.

One way would be to win the U.S. Amateur, and then play in the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta in Georgia.

The other option, he says, would be to play at the PGA Tour Canada Qualifying School in British Columbia.