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Christovich Plays His Way Onto Mid-Am Scene

BRADENTON, FLORIDA | In the American mid-amateur game, Patrick Christovich is a bit of an outlier. He did not grow up playing the competitive junior circuit, nor did he play college golf. Yet he has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere mid-amateurs, and through the winter portion of the 2014 season, the hottest mid-amateur in the land.
A Louisiana native, Christovich took up the game as a youngster, spending days at New Orleans Country Club with his brother and sister. Since he did not play the junior circuit, he was not recruited for college golf, and so he enrolled in the professional golf management program at Mississippi State University.
He tried to walk on to the men’s team, and even though he could hold his own with the recruited kids, he was not welcomed. As a result, he turned professional after his junior year and wound up working at a private club in Nashville. After a five-year stint there, he got the itch to try to play professionally, so he spent 18 unfruitful months on the mini-tours. He gave that up in 2006 at age 27, out of money and with two sore wrists. He returned to New Orleans to work with his brother in the residential renovation business, vaguely planning to become an amateur again.
After being reinstated in 2008, Christovich turned his sights on competitive amateur golf. He won a few club events and then played well at the state level, becoming the dominant player in Louisiana. He won the 2012 state amateur and four consecutive state mid-amateur titles. He’ll go for his fifth in a row in August.


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