Created: 12/11/2021 4:00 AM
Daniel Augustus celebrated considerable success this year on the Moonlight Golf Tour. (Photo included).
Daniel Augustus believes his career is headed in the right direction after taking a string of wins at the Moonlight Golf Tour in Florida this year.
The Bermuda professional has six wins under his belt to date, a remarkable feat that he attributes to the considerable amount of time he has invested in his fitness and technique.
But while inspired by his success, Augustus points out that there is room for growth.
“I’m just trying to be the best version of myself I can be,” he said. “I know I still haven’t got my best version, so I’ll keep working on reaching the next level.
“I know I still have a lot to do, especially when it comes to scoring. I’m getting to a place where shooting six under is normal, but I need more rounds where I’m shooting nine, ten under. That’s the next level I want to reach. “
The 34-year-old’s ultimate goal is to secure PGA Tour status and he is confident that he has what it takes to compete at that level.
“I know I have the ability and strength to play on the PGA Tour,” he said.
“I’ve already played 59, I shot 60 and you can’t be your average golfer and shoot 60.
“I’ve always known I was able to be a PGA Tour player and it’s a question of mine to make that happen. I think I’m on the right track and it’s only a matter of time. “
Augustus prevailed against players of the PGA Tour caliber on the Moonlight Golf Tour, which also boosted his self-confidence.
“It shows me that I can keep up with the best because you always have a PGA Tour player or a Nationwide Tour player with you,” he said. “If I can consistently play better than them, that means I can play on their tours too.
“That’s the goal I have and these moves to keep my under-par more consistent are a good sign that I’m going in the right direction.”
Success was not without cost as the former Bermuda Open champion made enormous sacrifices.
“I have sacrificed everything,” said Augustus. “I had to sacrifice relationships, friends and everything I have financially. I put everything into it. I went out and gave it my all and that’s the only way to get there. “
The procurement of funding also posed challenges, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I really need full financial support,” said Augustus. “People don’t know it takes $ 70,000 plus a year to get out of here and be like the Q School and Monday Qualifiers, which is why I didn’t play the Monday Qualifiers. I just don’t have the money and played moonlights out here because that’s all I can afford.
“Unfortunately, the people who supported me and who helped me the most didn’t have the financial means due to Covid and their financial situation – and that’s the greatest thing. It takes a lot financially and very few people who have what I have, which is not a lot, survive this part of it. “
The lack of funding has also impacted the player’s ability to travel.
“I need a P-1 visa to travel freely, and that costs up to $ 7,000,” he said. “This is the next step.
“That’s a lot of money I can only spend on a visa when most of my finances are used to gamble professionally.”
The P1 visa is a special US visa exclusively for athletes (or other entertainers) and their coaches or support staff.
Despite these setbacks, however, Augustus is determined to stay on course in pursuit of his goals.
“I am steadfast and determined, and my belief in God has helped me,” he said. “My belief in God and the belief that He wants this from me.
“If you want something badly enough, you don’t care what it takes. You do whatever it takes to get it and there I am.
“I will make it and I will do anything to make it. It’s a mindset and belief that was instilled in me by my mother and grandmother. “