The SCGA is following the journeys of former members Josh Anderson and Daniel Miernicki as they transition from collegiate golfers to professional golfers. They share a singular goal: to make a living at this game they love. This story began in the July/August edition of FORE Magazine, but will continue right here as the two golfers navigate their way through their chosen career path. Click here to read the originial FORE article.
Since the printing of the article, Josh has been playing in as many events as possible while preparing for Q-School Pre-Qualifying. He has played in the California State Open and Colorado Open, making the cut in both but finishing outside of the top 30. A life on the road has been suiting him thus far. "The lifestyle has been fine for me so far. I have known people at every event and traveled with a few people which has made it less lonely. I enjoy going to new places in general though, so it's nice to be traveling."
This month, Josh missed qualifying for a web.com Tour event by one stroke (70 qualified, he shot 71). As prep for Q-School, he may try and play in a couple more web.com Monday qualifiers.
When we last left Daniel, he had just graduated from the University of Oregon. With some sponsors expressing interest in the up-and-coming golfer, Miernicki was feeling good about his chances of taking the game he loves and turning it into a profession. So far, things have gone well. Nike officially climbed onboard as a sponsor, signing Miernicki to a multi-year deal that includes a yearly salary. Bringing in some sort of regular paycheck puts Miernicki ahead of many with similar career aspirations.
With a strong sponsor lined up, Miernicki has been focused on playing as many events as possible. Just this summer he has competed in the Travelers Open, Irish Open, GreenBrier Classic and a recent web.com tour event in Ohio.
"My game hasn't been great recently, but playing in all these events has been a great experience," said Miernicki, who is pictured while competing in the Irish Open. He failed to make the cut in all four of his professional events thus far.
Up next, Miernicki will prep for this fall's Q-School. At the same time, he will continue to participate in Monday qualifiers for web.com Tour events.