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May 31, 2009

Rub of the Green: Quest is not easy, but Valley product Chad Collins should go for PGA’s pot of gold

TERRE HAUTE — It was back in 2007 when area golf fans were happy to learn that Chad Collins from nearby Cloverdale had earned his PGA Tour card for 2008.

Qualifying for that coveted card is definitely no small feat in itself. Collins secured that distinction by concluding the 2007 Nationwide Tour as one of its top 25 money winners. At that time, as it is for most professional golfers, there would be good news as well as bad, in the future.

Collins went on to win $339,959 in prize money. That landed him 174th among money winners. Add some endorsement checks to that and you have a nice income for a young man, however, it would take another $512,790 to tie Martin Laird for 125th in order to retain playing privileges for 2009.

In reviewing Chad’s statistics, I recalled that “figures don’t lie,” but sometimes it would seem that something is haywire. For example, Collins averaged 277.5 yards for tee shots whereas Greg Kraft’s figure was 273.6. Kraft won $1,204,559 to place 90th on the money list, but Chad’s driving distance ranked him 184th among tour regulars.

Everyone knows that the pros “drive for show and putt for dough” right? Well, Collins average of 28.4 putts per round placed him 11th on the PGA Tour. A player by the name of Vijay Singh averaged 28.7 and he took home more than six and one-half million greenbacks.

Chad also placed 31st in sand saves getting up and down 55.3 percent of the time.

From the stats you might conclude that the word “synergism” is flawed even though Mr. Webster of dictionary fame advises that synergism occurs when the total effect is more than the sum of individual effects. With Collins’ numbers it would appear that he should have more prize money than the amount credited to him, but this is where the plot thickens.

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