By Matt Hombach
Gilman and University of Richmond golf standout Brad Miller has taken his game to the next level, joining the professional ranks on the eGolf Tour. Miller led the Richmond Spiders in scoring average his senior year. While at Gilman, he was a two-time winner of the Maryland State Junior Golf Championship.
Miller is playing a limited schedule on the eGolf Tour this year, with his best finish thus far a tie for 26th at the Spring Creek Classic. He also tied for 10th place at the Maryland Open. Miller is already planning ahead and gearing up for a full season in 2013, when the eGolf Tour kicks off in January.
Although turning pro was a major commitment for Miller, he said there was a comfort level with the eGolf Tour that was helping him make the adjustment.
"This tour is primarily based in North and South Carolina, and many of the players are guys I played against in college," Miller said. "The competition is really strong, but it's nice to get the feel of playing professionally amongst many golfers I am already familiar with, including two of my former teammates from Richmond."
Miller has already taken note of the higher level of performance and the lower scores on the eGolf Tour.
"If you were under par in college at an event, you had a good chance to win or at least score a top 10," he said. "Even on a mini-tour, you need to be under par to make the cut and have a chance to play on the weekend and earn a check."
Miller grew up watching Tiger Woods in his prime and said he looked up to pros such as Padraig Harrington, who work hard at their craft and have proved they perform well under pressure. Miller's uncle, who has business connections to Harrington, told the multiple-major winner about his nephew's outstanding play, and Harrington phoned Miller to offer him encouragement on the eve of a tournament earlier this year.
Miller plays out of Baltimore Country Club Five Farms, and has stepped up his practice regime significantly since turning pro.
"I'm definitely practicing a lot more," Miller said, "and focusing on specific aspects of my game instead of just hitting balls or focusing on a few little things like I did in college."
Miller is enthusiastic about playing golf as a full-time job, but he is giving himself at least 2-3 years as a professional to see where the journey takes him.
"Of course my initial goal is to win a tournament on the eGolf Tour," he said. "I also want to give Monday qualifiers for PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour events a shot as well. Long term, I want to work my way up to a spot on either of those tours if things go well."
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Issue 176: August 2012