Ashton Van Horne played college golf at Belmont University, where he won 6 times in 4 years. Ashton won his first tournament as a professional, the Kentucky Open. Over the course of the next 5 years, Ashton played mostly mini tours with a few years of Canadian Tour sprinkled in. In the fall of 2021, Ashton finally broke through at second stage of Q-School and earned his Korn Ferry card. He ended up 61st on the points list at the end of the year of 2022 and will have full status for 2023.
During his first 5 years as a pro, Ashton had some success but it was limited. The one thing he noticed about playing on mini tours is that it is easy to fall into the trap of worrying about money. Money is important, but players who focused only on that often seemed like they would get stuck at that level. During that time and to this day, Ashton has made sure his focus is on being the best golfer he can be.
One thing that Ashton has learned during his time playing is that you have to own your swing. It is easy to see guys with pretty swings and say “I want that”, but once you get to an elite level, your swing DNA is pretty ingrained. Instead of overhauling, he’s found that it has been much more fruitful to make minor changes to the swing he already has.
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