Andrew Putnam’s understated entrance into professional golf certainly did not align with his star-studded collegiate career at Pepperdine University.
But that is the way the landscape shapes up these days, even for accomplished three-time All-Americans such as Putnam, the younger brother of PGA Tour golfer Michael Putnam.
After missing out on a chance to make the U.S. Walker Cup squad this summer, Andrew Putnam had an original plan in turning professional. He was going to show up at a Nationwide Tour qualifier Monday for the Soboba Golf Classic, fill out an application and check the box that indicated “professional.”
“No turning back after that,” he said.
But at the last minute, Putnam was invited to play in a Evans Cup scholarship pro-am last week in Portland – a tournament he won.
His first professional paycheck?
“Three-hundred and fifty dollars,” Putnam said.
Some details about his career path:
* Putnam has hired Ralph Cross to be his agent. His brother, Michael, also employs Cross.
* He has not settled on a permanent caddie. If he qualifies for a Nationwide Tour event, he said he has a couple buddies in California he can lean on.
* Equipment sponsorships are in the works, he said.
* His ultimate plan this fall is preparing for the three stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School. He is planning on going to Hollister and Bear Creek – two sites in California – for the first two stages.