Grad Recalls CPT As Important Step
When Bryan Pirruccello, a recent Professional Golfers Career College graduate, was approached by Randy Shannon, PGCC Temecula’s Director of Placement and Golf, about attending a press conference for the 18th annual State Farm Collegiate Players Tour, he happily agreed. “It was simple. Randy knew George Fisher, the man who was running the tournament, and asked me if I wanted to.” And just like that he was on his way to Empire Lakes Golf Course, where the tour would be making its California debut, to play a free round of golf with a slew of State Farm agents following the press conference.
“After learning about all of the details of the tournament, I thought it was a great deal and a chance to gain some experience.” he notes, quite simply, “I paid the entrance fee, and I was then registered to play.”
The cornerstone of the State Farm Collegiate Players Tournament mission statement is centered on providing enthusiastic support, and a venue, for young golfers to refine their competitive skill. It is designed to provide affordable, convenient, and above all, fun, summer golf competition for the college-aged men and women who participate. The focus is on summertime play because when spring dies down, and summer heat begins to punish golfers, it is easy to want to stay off the course and out of the sun. It also happens that in these moments it is more important than ever to stay focused and keep progressing.
Bryan recalls that participating in that competition further fueled his passion to play professionally. After the SF Collegiate Players Tour, he tried qualifying for the US Amateur at Big Canyon Country Club, in Newport Beach. “It was my first time playing the course and it was very difficult.” Difficult or not, he shows no signs of slowing, “I usually play in about 4 tournaments a year. The tournaments I play in are all qualifying tournaments for amateur events.”
Like every great player, he looks to the future with a guideline in mind. “My future plan as a player is to keep playing tournament golf and hopefully qualify for the US Amateur.” He also wants to play collegiate golf for Cal State Fullerton, where he is slated to graduate in 2014. With a fledgling amateur career developing, he understands that every shot works requires physical skill and acuity of vision, the latter of which can be the most difficult of all skills to master.
At the CPT his first two rounds were a little rough and, speaking to the importance of refining his mental game, he recalls a vivid memory. “Barry Rodenhaver, the Executive Director of the Collegiate Players Tour, made a bet with me right before the round. He wanted me to bet on myself, that I would shoot better than a 75.”
And what happened?
“I went out and shot a 72 to qualify for his national championship, held in Texas.”