Will Holcomb is a professional golfer who graduated from Sam Houston State in 2021. While there, he led the Bearkats to their first DI NCAA Championship Tournament appearance, where he finished in 8th place. As an amateur, he finished as a semifinalist in the US Amateur, won the Maridoe Amateur, and reached the rank of 58th in the WAGR. Prior to college, he was ranked 7th in the state of Texas and 142nd in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings. In April of 2022, Will won his first professional tournament at the All Pro Tour Victoria Open.
While making his semi-final run in the US Amateur, Holcomb beat Thomas Forster, Ludvig Aberg (highest amateur rank = 2nd), Pierceson Coody (highest amateur rank = 1st), and Karl Vilips (highest amateur rank = 9th). Whether he was leading or down in these matches, Holcomb would tell himself, “there is going to be adversity in this match, and it is going to be a great character building experience.” Holcomb used this to prepare him to respond to the tough circumstances that arose during the tournament.
Will said that going to college with a great coach like Brandt Kieschnick helped provide a second set of eyes for him. In Holcomb’s first year, Kieschnick told him his pre-shot routine looked abysmal. At that time, Will said he didn’t know what a pre-shot routine was; he would just get up there and hit it. They worked together, and Holcomb built a routine that improved his consistency. Holcomb said the development of a pre-shot routine change was one of the major things that leveled up his game in college.
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