Aussie Steven Bowditch is a solitary figure this morning on the driving range at this week's Stadion Athens Classic at UGA. With the morning rounds all teed off, the journeyman pro is wondering if getting to Athens at 3:00 AM this morning was worth the effort. But when you are told you are now the first alternate to get into the tournament, you do what you have to do so to get your scratch. Even if that means sleeping in your car.
Photo: Rack Time?: Nationwide Tour golfer Steven Bowditch takes a few minutes to relax on the driving range at the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Eye on Sports Media/2010
"I live in Dallas and found out I was going to be the first alternate. so I flew up," said Bowditch. "I got in here at 3:00 AM and slept in my car."
Before yesterday, it did not make sense for Bowditch to make the trip to Athens, as he was 15th alternate for the field. When four players pulled out yesterday, his number moved up to number one. With Bowditch sitting at number 143 on the money list with $2,275 in two tournaments, the decision yesterday had to be a no-brainer. But the question comes down to the risk-reward factor.
"I did not get in this morning, so it is not likely that I will get in this afternoon," conceded Bowditch.
If he does not get in, there are only 22 events left for the year for Bowditch to make the top 25 and get his PGA Tour card for the second time in his career.