Have you played golf with a family member lately? If not, call a loved one and play a round of 9 or 18 holes. I am very grateful that my Dad introduced me to the game of golf. I just wished we would have played more golf together when I was a kid. But, I was busy with other sports as my dad was busy working providing for his family. I owe everything to my mother and father for their constant support. I was 19 years old when I made the decision to become golf professional. And a decision that I am very proud of. I remember the day I passed the Professional Golfers’ Association’s Players Ability Test, AKA the *PAT. I was living in San Diego, CA at the time and my *PAT was held at Santa Barbara Golf Club, a city municipal golf course. My parents residing in Arizona made the trip with me – a trip I will never forget.
The day before the 36 hole event, I played a practice round with my dad. The was my first look at the course. I had a very good feeling that I would pass the next day. Well, the next day began with a 7:00 am tee time. I was a bit nervous and excited for the challenge. I was fortunate to have been paired with one of the Assistant Golf Professional’s from the host golf course. He was awesome to play with, even though he did not pass his *PAT, he was very supportive and encouraged me through my last four holes. He was a true sportsman and professional, and told me that I will make it. I will never forget the last putt on my 36th hole – three footer for par, which I made for a passing score of 147 with the target score set at 150. As I made way back the scoring area, my parents were waiting there not knowing if I made it or not, and with a smile they knew I passed. It was a great accomplishment for me, especially having my parents there for support. I will never forget the look on their faces. The love for me as their son was felt heavily. I will always be thankful that I have wonderful loving parents.
Today, I have the pleasure of helping and supporting golfers improve, whether a new golfer or an experienced golfer. I get excited for my students when they hit a good shot and play a great round. I feel that in some way I was part of their success. So, if you would like to share the game of golf with loved ones, call Arizona Golf Lessons today. Mr. Rob Camacho teaches all East Valley golfers from Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, and Ahwatukee, Arizona. You can schedule golf lessons on the following: short game lessons, golf lessons for women, golf lessons for seniors, youth golf lessons, beginner golf lessons, golf playing lessons, and more. Please note that the golf lesson programs are held at Rio Salado Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona. For more information please call (602) 828-4653
* In order pass the 36-hole PAT, you must achieve a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating. For example, if the course rating is 72, the target score for the 36-holes would be 159 (72 x 2 = 144 + 15 = 159). This competition is normally conducted in one day.
The PAT is conducted from the middle tees of the golf course with the flagsticks set on a generally flat area of the green. Although this sounds relatively simple, less than 20% of those taking the test achieve a passing score. If your game is marginal, it is highly recommended that you work diligently on improving prior to registering for the PAT.