Cape golfer pursues his golf dreams on the Hooters Tour

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Brevin Giebler was 12 strokes off the lead entering Friday's rain-delayed round at Sikeston.

By Toby Carrig ~ Southeast Missourian

Brevin Giebler spent much of Friday playing the waiting game.

With rain delaying the National Golf Association Hooters Tour event at Bootheel Golf Course in Sikeston, Mo., Giebler's tee time was pushed from 1:21 p.m. to 6:21 p.m.

"It's been a long day of sitting, doing nothing," Giebler said Friday afternoon.

The only good news for Giebler was being able to wait it out at home in Cape Girardeau.

Giebler, 28, has been a professional golfer on the Hooters tour for three years. The St. Charles, Mo., native did not play the sport in high school at St. Charles West nor in college at Southeast Missouri State. A finance major, Giebler left school to pursue professional golf.

He had made just one cut in 10 events this year -- last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., when he finished 56th. He took home his first paycheck for the year, $760.

"It gets frustrating," Giebler said. "You have to take the good with the bad. I have a lot of support from family and friends, so it's not as difficult."

Giebler also is making an adjustment to his swing that will take time. He began working with Hank Haney -- recognized as one of the nation's top golf teachers -- in Dallas this past fall.

"I'm just getting the hang of the swing changes we've developed," Giebler said. "My swing coach said it's not going to happen overnight. It just depends on the person. If it'd been two years, I might get frustrated; but it's only been a few months."

Giebler excelled in tennis as a youth, playing a little golf as a junior before taking up the sport more seriously at the age of 17.

"I just got burned out on tennis," Giebler said. "I had a couple of schools interested in me for tennis, but I just got into golf, and I was hooked."

Giebler enjoyed his career highlights in 2002. After qualifying for the tour through a ranking school, he made his first cut as a professional in March of 2002 at a tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. With that cut, he qualified to play in the tour championship at season's end.

"Since then, it's been a drought," Giebler said. "It's been slow. But I didn't have a swing coach, and now I have someone I can talk to about my game."

Giebler spends about three weeks per month on the road from March to September, with tour events in the South and Midwest.

"I think the world of Brevin," said Donald Davis, director of operations for the Hooters Tour, "but he has struggled. It can take two or three years to get comfortable -- tournament golf is different -- and he hasn't hit his comfort zone yet."

Giebler expects to complete this season on the Hooters Tour and then assess his game. He may attend qualifying school for the PGA Tour this winter or wait until next year.

Those who make the final stage of the PGA's rigorous qualifying school earn status on the Nationwide Tour -- which falls between the PGA Tour and the Hooters Tour on professional golf's pecking order. The only other way to reach the Nationwide Tour is through qualifying events the Monday before each event.

Giebler will finish his second round in Sikeston at the Health Facilities Rehab Classic this morning. Davis expects the cut to fall at around 1 under. Giebler's 2-over-par 74 Thursday left him tied for 84th and 12 strokes off the lead.

"I've had a lot of support from friends," Giebler said. "My parents and some of my family came down to watch me play, some former roommates and friends.

"It's always good when you can sleep in your own bed and you only have to travel 30 miles to play."

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