Augustus looks west as he chases tour dream
Daniel Augustus offered another glimpse of his potential after firing the lowest rounds in the New Hampshire Open and Charlie's Maine Open tournaments.
The Bermuda golfer saved his best for last playing in the 54-hole New Hampshire Open at the Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club where he shot a final round seven-under-par 65 to finish tied for fourteenth among a field of 150 at four under.
Lightening then struck twice for Augustus as he shot a five-under-par 65 also in the final round of the 36-hole Charlie's Maine Open at the Augusta Country Club where he finished tied for tenth at three-under.
“I was far behind the leaders going into the final round so my mindset was just to go out there and do the best I can,” Augustus said of last month's tournaments. “I tried to relax and let things happen instead of trying to force it.
“I was hitting the ball great and I just kept playing my own game and it all worked out in the end.”
The Bermuda Open and Bacardi Par 3 winner's 65 at the New Hampshire Open included eight birdies, four either side of the turn, and a bogey at the par four 2nd hole after missing a short putt to save par.
His 65 at the Maine Open was even more impressive as he carded five birdies without dropping a shot.
Augustus hopes to one day aspire to be the “best golfer in the world”, a lofty ambition that continues to fuel his fire.
“It's a dream I have always had,” he said. “It's a desire to be the best in the world, not just Bermuda.”
Securing the funding needed to help elevate his game has been a constant uphill climb for Augustus, one of the longest hitters on the local golf scene.
But despite obstacles such as these, Augustus refuses to give up on his dream.
“Everyone thinks it comes easy, but it doesn't,” he said. “So you just have to keep grinding it out until you get results.”
Augustus is presently playing the mini-tour circuit in the United States and spending as much time as possible on the course sharpening his skills.
“I have been putting in a lot of hard work and dedication practicing and playing whenever I can,” he said. “I have been hitting it pretty good and it's getting better.”
Augustus is facing a busy schedule up ahead as he jets off to Los Angeles next week to play on the Advocates Pro Tour and is also scheduled to make tournament appearances in Florida and Rhode Island as he steps up preparations for Latin American Q-School early next year.
“I am getting ready for Latin America Q-School in January so I plan to play in as many tour events as I possibly can between now and then,” he said. “The Latin American Q-School is now a gateway to the PGA Tour as they give out Web.com cards.”