At age 43, Alan Morin is still chasing his dream. He hasn’t caught up to that dream yet, but maybe the quest is more important to him than it becoming a reality.
Morin is a professional golfer from Palm Beach and has labored on various minor-league tours for much of his life. The big time to him is not the PGA Tour, it is competing in a Web.com Tour event, which he did this past week in the Miccosukee Championship.
You could not find a happier and more satisfied golfer than Morin, even if he didn’t make the cut at Miccosukee.
What is his best finish at the Miccosukee, which he has played a half-dozen times?
“Maybe a 48th or 50th or something like that,” he said. “But I’m still battling. I’m still trying to do it — that’s what counts. Believe me, I’m definitely trying.”
The money is not flowing in from his tournament efforts on golf courses, so it has to come from somewhere. That would be his job as an assistant pro at The Falls Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth.
“The money is tough,” he said, “but the game is fun. I enjoy playing and competing, and as long as I can keep doing that, I’ll keep trying. Money? Right now, I’m OK — well, until it runs out.
“Look at me, I’m in the Miccosukee Championship. I’ve played practice rounds here. Even that is great.”
Even though he has never finished high on the Web.com Tour or any of its predecessor tours, he said, “I feel I can still play with these guys, and as long as I feel I can still compete, I’ll keep trying.”
Morin is self-taught in the frustrating game of golf.
“That’s the only way I got my experience,” he said.
And that makes sense, because it takes money to have a swing coach.
His grandfather started Morin in golf at the age of 7 or 8. As is so often the case, it was with a set of plastic clubs.
“I just beat around the yard with those plastic clubs,” Morin remembered.
Morin got his first set of real golf clubs when he was 15 or 16 years old.
From that point, he was hooked — no, not a golf hook, just hooked on the game.
“I love it,” he said. “I love competing.”
Morin loves the individual aspect of the game.
“It’s you and the golf course,” Morin said. “Even the caddie, he’s not hitting the shots, I am. It’s not a team event, and there’s no worrying about somebody else catching the ball or dropping the ball.
“It’s the purest sport out there.”
The Nova Southeastern women’s golf team finished first in the St. Leo Invitational that concluded Tuesday in Lake Jovita.
Nova Southeastern shot a dominating two-day total of 586 to beat runner-up Lynn by 18 strokes.
The Barry University women finished fifth at 612.
Nova’s Abbey Gittings won the individual title with a 2-under-par 142.
Gittings’ Nova teammates Linnea Johansson and Liliana Cammisa tied for second at 2-over 146.
Barry’s Nancy Vergara finished in a tie for sixth with a 6-over 150.