PGA Nationwide Golf Professional Shawn Jasper Struggles to make Golf Cut

Well my first year on the Nationwide Tour continues to be a learning curve. I still have yet to make a cut, though I have been much closer as of late. I am learning a lot about my mental make-up this year and so far I am proud of my positive outlook despite all the negative results.

I can see the progress in what Pol and I are working on — continuing to get the handle left through impact and get my arms lower at the top of my swing to help with getting the handle more left. I know it’s getting better because I am hitting more solid irons and driving it straighter. I have also been able to develop a “go to” low-cut shot again, something I feel is essential to playing good golf, especially under the gun. I was even fortunate enough to achieve my first competitive hole-in-one as a professional on the fourth hole at Thornblade during the second round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. PW from 130….swish!

While on the course I have not had a great year thus far, off the course I have had a lot of cool experiences. Being the big St. Louis Cardinals fan that I am, it was really nice to be able to go watch my Redbirds play their rival Cincinnati Reds while we were at the Chiquita Classic. And yes, I was that guy who wore a Cardinals jersey to a Reds home game. And yes, the Cardinals won the night I went! I also was able to go catch an Orioles game while we were in DC for the Melwood Prince George’s County Open. Both the stadiums in Baltimore and Cinci were great places to watch a baseball game.

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About Shawn Jasper:

Shawn is in his rookie season on PGA Nationwide Tour after picking up his card at Qualifying School. He’s a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri and previously played on the Canadian Tour.

August 23, 2011