BOHN MAKING THE BEST OF HIS GOOD FORTUNE, TALENT

27 04 2010

Jason Bohn’s victory at New Orleans’ Zurich Open last Sunday (April 25) is a “feel-good” story for one of the game’s many good guys – and for a player who over the years has had a steady presence at the John Deere Classic.

It was the second PGA TOUR win for Bohn, 37, who shot a final round 5-under par 67 to defeat Jeff Overton by two strokes, thanks in large part to clutch birdies on three of his last four holes at TPC Louisiana.

For those who don’t know much about the native Pennsylvanian, Bohn’s victory provides a timely occasion to reprise his unlikely path to the PGA TOUR.

In 1992, Bohn was a sophomore on a golf scholarship at the University of Alabama.  While playing in a charity fundraiser in Tuscaloosa, it so happened Bohn made a hole-in-one and won $1 million.  Wait, let’s say that with the excitement it deserves: BOHN MADE A HOLE-IN-ONE AND WON A MILLION DOLLARS!

Talk about livin’ the dream.

In order to take the money, of course, Bohn had to turn pro – which he did immediately.  As a result, he has been receiving a check for $50,000 once a year every since – and the checks will continue through 2012. 

Bohn graduated from college in 1995 with a degree in finance.  But, having bid farewell to amateur golf, he gave up any hope he may have had to win the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, or any of a dozen other prestigious amateur and college tournaments.  He wouldn’t be able to qualify for the Walker Cup, the NCAA championships, or any of the plethora of compelling team amateur events that populate the amateur calendar.

Instead Bohn made his way to the Canadian Tour, where he recorded two victories in 2001, and the Nationwide Tour, where he won a tournament in 2003 and earned a spot on the PGA TOUR. He won the B.C. Open in 2005.

Bohn finished T-39 at last year’s John Deere Classic, where he has played four times in his career.  He has verbally committed to come back again for a fifth time in 2010.

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