OTTUMWA — In some ways, Greg Wilson has the perfect mindset to compete in a tournament like this one.
The head man of Ottumwa’s Cedar Creek Golf Course will return to compete on Tuesday in the 2014 Senior National Club Professional Championship. The tournament, which is held at one of Florida’s finest courses at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, also features one of the finest fields of club pros from all around the nation.
Some have competed on the PGA Tour. Some have competed on the Champions Tour. Many are names that, to an avid watcher of professional golf, will be very recognizable.
Wilson isn’t one of those names, and he knows it. Considering the field that he will be competing against, and the lack of time he’s been able to spend out on a course here in southern Iowa in 2014, Wilson isn’t putting any unnecessary pressure on himself as he makes his fifth trip to the tournament.
“It would probably make me nervous competing in this if I were a better player,” Wilson joked. “I really can’t put any pressure on myself. I’m pretty realistic about my chances. I don’t play as much as some of these other players.”
“That’s not to say I won’t try.”
After all, it’s not like Wilson was just handed an invitation to compete in this PGA-sanctioned event. To make it to the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship, a club pro has to qualify through one of the 41 PGA Sections. Wilson was one of five qualifiers out of Iowa back in August, beating out a field that included nearly 40 other club professionals from around the state.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in October, but heavy rain caused the tournament to be moved from Northern Virginia to Florida. It also meant a much different time of year for Wilson to prepare for.