Brock Pockets First Big Paycheck On Tour
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
SOUTHPORT, North Carolina - Former UNCW golf standout Josh Brock stood on the 18th green of the pristine Reserve Club at St. James Plantation late Saturday and pinched himself. With his first professional title - the eGolf Tour's Championship at St. James Plantation - and oversized check in hand, the Wilmington native knew the magnitude of the moment.
Brock, 23, was better than "good enough" over the three-day stretch at St. James. The Championship at St. James Plantation was the sixth of 24 scheduled events on the 2012 eGolf Tour and was played on both the Reserve Club and Founders Club courses.
Brock trailed 54-hole leader Peter Malnati by one shot before rallying for a 4-under 68 in the final round, highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 17 that sealed the win. Brock wound up with a 10-under 71-71-68-68=278 scorecard.
That netted the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-year a robust pay day of $25,000, pushing his 2012 earnings to $26,050 and vaulting him to sixth on the tour's money list.
"I was more nervous in the third round," Brock reflected. "Coming down the stretch, we had about 300 people around the green. I hit 15 greens on the day and my swing's in the slot right now. I know that if I hit the fairway, I'm not going to make worse than par."
With the win at St. James, Brock got more than a paycheck. He earned an exemption into the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic on April 26-29 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga. It will be Brock's debut on the Nationwide Tour.
Brock had missed four of the five cuts on the eGolf Tour and needed the performance to give him a confidence boost heading into the next event, the Forest Oaks Classic, which runs Wednesday through Friday at Greensboro's Forest Oaks Country Club.
"I'm looking forward to going to Greensboro," he said. "I'm hitting a lot of fairways and giving myself more looks out of the fairways."
Naturally, Brock didn't sleep much Saturday night. He plans to spend some of his winnings on a recently-purchased vehicle and perhaps even on a vacation down the road. He was back on campus early Monday, though, to spend some time in the weight room.
"When you're playing good, you want to keep playing," he smiled. "When you're not on the road, you can't make money."