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Jamaica’s Brown holding on to PGA dream

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer

He was one of Jamaica’s brightest, young golfing talents who was destined to go on to big things.

In 2014, Wesley Brown made it on to the International Golf Ranking list at 1,548, but for now, his dream of playing on the PGA tour is temporarily on hold.

The St Ann native, like many other sports professionals, has been out of action due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since taking part in the Jamaica Open last December, Brown has not seen any competitive action as the tour, where he plies his trade, has been suspended.

This year would be Brown’s fifth year on the swingthought.com, formerly the NGA pro tour in the United States, which is two levels below the PGA tour.

For the 29-year-old, the setback is disappointing, however, he is eager to get back on the course to continue his dream.

“After missing out on the 2018 and 2019 season, I am looking to getting back on the course. I know I can play at the top level because I have won four times on this tour, and the aim is to do well and try and get some sponsorship to attend Q-school to qualify for the Korn Ferry tour, which is the level below the PGA tour,” said Brown.

Getting to the PGA level is one of the most difficult task in any professional sport, as Brown would be competing with thousands of pro golfers who are looking to be in the final 25 who will punch their cards to the big time.

“To get to Q-school, you will have to have like US$20,000 upfront because it’s four stages of qualification at $5,000 per stage before you can get to the final stage. For now, I will have to continue to play in the smaller events to try and earn enough to get to the next level,” Brown added.

Despite the setbacks and constraints, the former caddie at Upton Golf Course in St Ann says he will continue to press on as he is encouraged by current PGA players Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, and Keegan Bradley, who were former swingthought.com tour players.