Senior Golf Champ
Alan Phillips is confident in his playing ability. Although he says qualifying for such a prestigious event didn't come easy.
"You just can't believe how many good players there are that are 48 and older that are out there that can't get out there to play. I mean its just crazy," Phillips explains.
Phillips grew up in Camdenton and now lives in Jefferson City. Area golfers say having a player the caliber of Phillips living in the area helps the sport.
"It can't do anything but be a positive affect because it showcases the talent, gets a little more notoriety and makes people want to play the game," Richard Custard, Meadow Lake Golf Director, said.
What makes the accomplishment even more special is what he had to go through to reach his current level. In 2003, Phillips suffered an accident that nearly ended his playing career.
"The tree hit me in the head, split my head open, had a pretty severe head injury, shattered my right hand, broke this finger in 13 places," Phillips explains.
His doctor didn't have much hope for his golfing future.
"he goes, 'I don't think you'll ever play again.' he said, 'if you do play again it won't be at the level that you've been accustomed to playing. And it was 11 months before I could even think about picking a golf club up."
Phillips now says he's back at the top of his game and he likes his chances.
"My confidence level is pretty high right now because I am playing well and if I am playing to my ability, there's no question that I can compete on that level," Phillips said.
The U.S. Senior Open starts next Thursday in Kohler, Wisconsin.