Eden, North Carolina native and former University of Virginia Cavalier Bruce Woodall, is having himself a breakout year in 2013 on the eGolf Professional Tour.
The 24-year old is currently sitting atop the money list, having earned $64,037.50 in 17 events so far in 2013. In those 17 events, Woodall has racked up two victories (Spring Creek Classic & River Hills Classic), six top-5's and eight top-10 finishes. Missing the cut just twice in those 17 events.
Entering his first full season on the eGolf Tour, Woodall played behind some pretty stiff competition while at Virginia. Playing behind current PGA Tour player Ben Kohles and another eGolf Tour standout in Will Collins.
Though it may have been a different experience for Woodall, he ran with the experience in capturing motivation from playing with top level professional golfers.
“I think college, you wind up learning more about yourself. I was lucky to play with a lot of good teammates, with Ben now being on the PGA Tour,” said Woodall in an interview for eGolf Tour's website.
“Watching him [Kohles] certainly motivates you, and it’s like my dad says, there’s no certain timetable to get to the next level. But having something like that will certainly motivate you and inspire you to work harder.”
As with many first year pros, Woodall is learning that the tournament atmosphere on professional tours, can be an up and down grind -- Even in a victory.
After posting rounds of 70, 69 and 70 at the River Hills Classic. He found himself two shots clear of Sunny Kim and Chris Epperson. With the weather not cooperating, and pounding rain down on the course. Woodall worked his way through the final 18 holes posting 16 pars and two bogeys.
Not his prettiest win of his two in 2013, though securing the $15,000 winners check I'm sure made up for a hard-working and wet final round.
“It was a complete grind. I hit it fairly well most of the day, but didn’t make anything outside of a few good par saves,” said Woodall. “I just put myself in the right position most of the day, but didn’t make many mistakes.”
“It was frustrating, not making a birdie out there. I felt like I was close for most of the day, but nothing would drop,” he continued. “But, I know what I have to work on going forward, getting ready for Q-School, so hopefully we can get it sorted out and see what happens.”
With such a break out year in his first full season on the eGolf Tour. Woodall will continue to prepare for the PGA Tour's upcoming q-school. Hoping to join his fellow Cavalier Ben Kohles, playing the weekends on the PGA Tour.