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Note from Sam: I love this article that was published when I was at Queens University. What I said here still stands.

DECEMBER 13, 2016

Source: Queens Athletics

“Believe in your self, believe in what you are working on and believe in the people around you. If you want to be an eagle, you don’t spend your time with pigeons.” — Sam Puryear

In his six years coaching golf at Queens University of Charlotte, coach Sam Puryear has always looked for the same thing: “disciplined, academically astute self-starters. I look for young people that are motivated.”

That motivation should start young. “Fundamentals and a relentless work ethic are essential to all really good junior players,” he says.

What should the junior golfer be working on relentlessly? Puryear’s top three things are “the mental game, fundamentals and developing a great short game.”

Involved with golf his entire life, Puryear inherited his love of the game from his Dad. “I grew up on a golf course in Winston-Salem,” he says. Now he enjoys following all golfers, not one in particular. Although he does “especially enjoy following guys on the PGA Tour that I have coached at the collegiate level.”

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After all, it’s a chance for him to see them translating the skills they honed with him to the tournament environment. “Tournaments are very important,” he said. “They totally resemble life. The bounce back factor is the most important element in playing in tournaments. There are a lot of shots involved but managing your mind and your emotions set you up for life.”

Asked what he would say to young people dreaming of playing the tour and getting rich and famous he says keep it up: “Your dreams can definitely become a reality. Practice signing that winning check, practice giving that special autograph, lay back with your eyes closed and visualize winning a major championship. This is a start. The next step is to decipher through research what the best players in the world do and have done in order to get where they have gotten.”

In the short-term you can visualize getting recruited for college. What’s involved there? Practice and hard work. “You have to put the time in…Quantity of practice is important, but quality steers the ship. Create a golf resume, create a golf video and the number one thing is to work very hard in class and make sure your grades are stellar. Bottom line….no good grades, no good golf.”