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July 2013

Game Changer

Donald Constable

Minnesota’s Donald Constable is living proof that hard work, focus and confidence can make your PGA Tour dream can come true. Just four months after finishing the 2012 Bobcat North Dakota State Open, Constable achieved the highest echelon of his sport, and now shares the fairways with names like Woods, McIlroy and Mickelson.

Constable grew into the game as a standout at Minnetonka High School and the University of Minnesota. Graduating with a Sociology degree, he continued to refine his skills in national amateur tournaments and carded a 211 in Fargo for a fifth-place tie with Ian Hessels – Constable’s first professional tournament.

Last fall, he stepped on the road to the PGA Tour — Qualifying School (Q-School) – enrolling in the grueling four-stage qualifying process. Thousands of miles and 22 pressure-packed rounds later, his quest ended with some clutch putts that gave him a one-stroke win and earned him one of the coveted 25 full PGA Tour cards for the 2013 season.

At 23, Constable has reached the pinnacle, which means driving to the pin in Maui breezes one week and dropping putts at Torrey Pines the next. “Living on the road and out of a suitcase has been the biggest adjustment,” Constable says, “it’s a challenging game as it is, but you have to step it up because now you’re playing in front of crowds and it’s your livelihood,” he adds.

While Constable didn’t make the cut in his first few tour outings, he picked up a nice win at the 2013 Coors Light Open in Fort Myers last February. In April’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Constable was only five shots off the lead. He missed the cut by a single stroke with rounds of 76-70, identical to John Daly’s scorecard. Although he wasn’t on the leaderboard’s short list, he showcased his potential by dominating the “greens in regulation” category with 80.5 percent, far ahead of the field average of 59.5 percent. At the Mid- Atlantic Championship in Potomac, Md., he made the cut and finished in a four-way tie for 43rd place out of a field of 60 with a 6-over-par 289. “There’s such a fine line between being in contention and making the cut or going home,” says Constable.

Constable is an accomplished driver spending most of his childhood on a hockey rink developing his natural slap shot. “When you get to this level, everyone hits it pretty good. The guys who are finishing in the top 20 every week are always the ones putting it the best,” he says. Constable is building momentum to keep his dream alive. “I’m still having fun and I’m fortunate enough to have my occupation be something I love to do. I’ve always said if I just get better every year, whether I keep my card or lose it, my golf game will take care of itself.”

Good luck Donald!