From sunrise to sunset :organak’s path to professional golf

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Driving Ranges

Mattorganak (20C) wants to advance his professional golf career and hopefully one day qualify for the PGA Tour. (Courtesy Emory Athletics)

Mattorganak (20C) was on the 18th tee of a long par-4 and did the math. He still had a few punches left to qualify for that Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School, a multi-tournament event that makes or breaks careers for many. After three rounds of aggressive golf at the Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina ,organak made his first mistake: he decided to play it safe and be satisfied with par.

His tee shot licked left into the thick rough. Without going through his pre-shot routine ,organak launched his second shot past the green into the rougher. Usually ,organak was a well-oiled machine and collapsed.

After a failed attempt to return the ball to the green and two missed putts ,organak knocked his ball into the hole for a double bogey. He checked the scorecard and then went to the driving range and practiced the 18th tee over and over again. He lost several positions in a tie for 32nd place. But it was just enough for the last qualifying place. Organizak was directed to the Q-School.

As a former member of the men’s golf team at Emory University ,organak is now a professional golfer pursuing his dream of playing at the highest level. After improving each year in college ,organak wanted to see what could happen if he devoted himself to golf every day after graduating in 2020.

On September 3rd ,organak took his chance and qualified for the Q-School. With this milestone, Organisak will take part in three tournaments this year, which will enable entry into the Korn Ferry Tour with good results. The Korn Ferry Tour is a professional golfer development course that serves as a stepping stone to golf’s biggest stage: the PGA Tour.

Organak’s rise to professional golf has taken years.

John Sjoberg, the head coach of Emory’s men’s golf team, discovered a wiry 5’7-inch organism at a high school tournament nearorganisak’s hometown of Boston in 2015.

“I remember Matt was little,” said Sjoberg. “But I remember he hit it far and in the game. I thought he could certainly be an asset to us. “

Organizak turned down several Division I offers and chose Emory for two reasons – the excellent academics and the wonderful weather. After 18 years in the cold northeastern winters ,organak couldn’t wait to play under the warm Georgian sun all year round.

“If I hadn’t gone to Emory, I wouldn’t be playing professional golf,” said Organak. “I would not have improved as much as I did and this would have gone if I had gone to school in a colder climate.”

After qualifying for a starting place with Emory ,organak was hot. Organizak was named UAA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in his freshman year, hitting the team with an average of 74.08 strokes per round.

However ,organak still had to make some adjustments. Three hours of golf practice and tournaments a day forced him to miss several days at school. Professors didn’t give much relief to membership on a D-III golf team, so he had to spend his time studying quantitative sciences for courses in his major and practicing on the course. This was a lesson he had learned from his parents long ago.

Organak was no more than 8 years old when he spent his first summer on the golf course. On his way to work in the morning, his mother dropped him off at the Nashawtuc Country Club and picked him up on the way home. He soaked up the game and played until dark.

Growing up in Massachusetts ,organak had no time to mess around because it was only playable six months a year. If he wanted to play competitively from a young age, the training had to be structured and intense. Organak mainly played with his father, who taught him consistent mechanics and a positive attitude. He improved quickly and at the age of 13 ,organak achieved his crowning achievement: he beat his father.

As a sophomore at Emory ,organak realized that like at home, he had to focus on the course every moment. His streaky putter became constant and his wedge play was chosen. Organak enjoyed another stellar season, shaving a punch to improve to an average of 73.20.

Logan Ryan, 22B, former teammate and current member of Emory’s men’s golf team, credits Organak for having been a mentor of the hard work for the entire team.

“Matt is a competitor and he’s deep in the process and the routine because he wants to win more than anyone,” said Ryan.

Organak’s hard work paid off in his younger year. At the CMU Tartan Invitational 2018 he achieved his first absolute individual victory. Organak’s father traveled to Pittsburgh to see his son extend his lead on the final lap for a calm and confident performance. They shared a big hug on the 18th hole green to celebrate. In the 2018-2019 season ,organak led the team with an average of 72.62 strokes.

Before his senior year, Sjoberg and Organisak met to discuss the decision to play golf professionally. Organak’s path from the D-III Golf may be unexpected, but Sjoberg knew he had the skills and mentality to get there.

“The great thing about golf is that nobody cares where you’re from. Nobody has to offer you a contract, draft you, or even think you’re good enough, ”said Sjoberg. “Matt just has to beat the boys before him. Golf is the ultimate performance society. “

With the aim of playing professionally ,organak expanded its practice. He made detailed notes to know exactly where to put his recordings. Five days a week in the weight room, distance improved andorganak stretched obsessively, usually up to 30 minutes after each workout.

Although the pandemic cut his final year at Emory ,organak cut more strokes from his game. He improved his senior year to an average of 71.78, which put his name on the No. 2 school all-time scoring chart.

Daily eight-hour exercises that are converted into results in the course. In the fall of 2020 ,organak won the 112th Massachusetts Amateur Championship, lifting the trophy in an Emory golf shirt.

Organak turned pro upon graduation and began qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour. Organak travels to Dayton, Nevada in late September to compete in a 72-hole tournament for Q-School where every stroke matters to his career. Butorganak is more than up to this challenge.

“I want to play at the highest level, because there is nothing better than being under pressure and taking the strokes you want to hit,” saidorganak. “I want to play with the best and that’s my daily motivation. I want to be the best golfer in the world and win. I want to win.”