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Bordeaux’s pursuit of a pro career starts in Florida

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2011 5:05 pm

Sometimes a mulligan is worth mentioning.

Fircrest’s T.J. Bordeaux wanted to play golf at the University of Washington as long as he could remember. The reciprocation was lukewarm, at best.

So, Bordeaux graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 2007, and went off on his own to the University of Pacific to become one of that school’s all-time best products.

In retrospect, would a UW lineup last season consisting of Chris Williams, Bordeaux and Charlie Hughes looked pretty formidable? Sure – or coach Matt Thurmond should think so.

Did it all play out for the best for Bordeaux, who is now set to turn professional and play the Hooters Winter Tour starting in late October in Florida? You betcha.

“I wanted to go to the UW since I was 8 years old,” Bordeaux said Tuesday. “But if I had ended up there, I would have seen my family twice a month, at least. Essentially I would have never left home, and I would have never really depended on myself.

“There (at Pacific), it was all on you grow up, especially in work ethic and working on my own.”

The move to Florida was one of many vital choices he made this summer. First, he hired an agent – Seattle-based newcomer Heather Deranek, who is from Gig Harbor.

Then it was deciding how to pursue a professional career. Bordeaux could have stayed around and prepared for three vigorous stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School, but he felt he was not ready for that.

Si, it was the mini-tour route – the Gateway Pro Tour in Arizona, the eGolf Professional Tour in the Southwest (North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia) or the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour in Florida.

Because of Deranek’s contacts in Florida, Bordeaux signed up for the Hooter Tour’s Bridgestone Winter Series – a 12-tournament slate starting Oct. 31 that runs through Feb. 8 mainly in the Orlando area.

Bordeaux plans on relocating to Florida in the first week of October.

“There is nice weather up there,” Bordeaux said. “And it is a different style of golf. I like the schedule set-up … and it’s an area with a lot of good golfers.

“You either get better, or get out.”

Bordeaux is planning on renting a room. He will have no caddie (tour requires golfers to take a piower cart at tournaments), but will look for a part-time coach while he is down there (and he will still be in correspondence with Tacoma instructor Todd Erwin as well).

“If I play well October through February, that is my Q-School,” said Bordeaux, who if he finishes in the top 30 on the money list will receive an exemption to play the Hooters Tour summer tour.

“If not, I’ll go back to the drawing board. These four or five months are big, basically, for my career.”

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