Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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August 22, 2013

Brennan takes trip to golf paradise

Ponders future after U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline

Like his amateur golf career, Colin Brennan’s stay at his first United States Amateur Championship was fleeting.

The middle-of-the-pack finish leaves Andover’s Brennan in a quandary. Is it time to flip the switch from amateur to professional golfer?

“I’m not sure what’s next,” he said. “There’s the opportunity to turn pro. That would mean a move to Florida and starting first on the mini tours there. I have friends (Rob Oppenheim and Evan Harmeling to name two) who have done it.

“The alternative would be to go out and try to get a real job.”

The 24-year-old Brennan admitted that the latter proposition simply isn’t that enticing right now. But the other, while arduous and a long shot, certainly is.

A day after exiting the 113th United States Amateur Championship, Brennan recalled how the emotions had churned when he took the left on Clyde Street, onto the driveway to The Country Club at Brookline

“You immediately feel the history when you turn in. There’s that yellow clubhouse and the long drive up, and immediately you start to think about all those moments in the game of golf that happened there,” he said. “You absolutely feel it.”

And that’s before you realize the magnitude of the U.S. Amateur, with 312 of the world’s finest amateurs gathered in one spot – competing for one of only 64 match-play spots on the way to the most prestigious amateur title on the planet.

“You can feel the tension, teeing off or even on the practice green before,” Brennan said. “Plus, I had a big gallery out there for me on both days.”

A 76 at Charles River, followed by a 74 at TCC left Brennan deep in the middle of the pack this week, six shots away from match-play.

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