By Michael Sullivan
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
With two events remaining in his four year career at Texas A&M, senior Bronson Burgoon would love to end his senior season the same way he started it, by winning.
“I want to win both [tournaments] individually and as a team. I think I am playing better than anyone in the country right now. I just have to put three good rounds together and if I do that I should be ok.”
Burgoon burst on the scene as a freshman at Texas A&M, helping to lead the Aggies to a 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Burgoon placed his stamp on the A&M record books by posting a scoring average of 73.07, which is the lowest season average by any Aggie freshman of all time. Appearing in all 13 events his freshman season, Burgoon had five top 10 and seven top 20 finishes.
“My freshman year was pretty good,” Burgoon said. “I was really consistent the last part of the season. I would like to have won a tournament, but I played solid throughout and really gave our team a chance to win a national championship.”
Returning his sophomore year, Burgoon picked up where he left off from his freshman campaign. He finished in the top 20 in nine events, including the last eight events of the season. Leaving his mark once again on the A&M record books, Burgoon maintained a scoring average of 72.13 which was good for second best all time. In his sophomore season he received both All-Big 12 and an All-America honors.
“My sophomore year I played really well finishing out of the top 20 once,” Burgoon said. “I played real steady, always right around par and always right there to win a golf tournament, but never did.”
After two solid, steady seasons with the Aggies, Burgoon faced problems off the golf course during his junior season. Struggling academically, the junior needed to sit out during the fall to focus on his school work. When he rejoined the team in the spring, he was not the same player A&M had seen the two previous years when he finished in the top 10 twice and raised his scoring average to 74.12.
“My junior year I really struggled,” Burgoon said. “I had things going on in my head off the golf course that really distracted me from playing and I was a head case more or less. That year was almost like a wash, I got nothing out of it.”
In the summer following his junior year, Burgoon took a break from the game and relaxed to get back on track. During the late part of the summer he began to work out really hard and regained the spark he had carried in his first two seasons with A&M.
Regrouped and refocused, Burgoon started his senior season with a bang winning his first collegiate tournament at the Adams Cup by seven strokes. Continuing to find success in his final season, he has finished in the top 10 in four other events and in the top 20 seven times.
“This year I started out with a win and have been playing really well,” Burgoon said. “I blew myself out of a couple tournaments in the final round or else I could have a really good season going. Heading into the last two tournaments our team is playing great and so am I so I am really looking forward to it.”
Burgoon is a fierce competitor who wears his emotions on his sleeve. He enjoys the heat of the battle and can’t stand losing.
“I hate losing more than I like winning that is for sure and I think that is what drives me to play well,” Burgoon exclaimed. “Some guys are a lot more relaxed, but I am a lot more excited out there, I get pumped up and show my emotions.”
When Burgoon finishes his career with the Aggies at the NCAA Championships at the end of May, he will have to decide his future. The senior lacks a few credit hours to finish his degree from A&M, but with the PGA’s Qualification School starting in the fall, Burgoon may have to forgo his degree to fulfill his lifelong dream.
“I am not done with school, but I am going to see how this summer goes,” Burgoon said. “I want to come back and finish school because I am so close, but the PGA Tour has been a lifelong dream of mine so if I get the opportunity to play I don’t know that I could pass it up.”