One day after his first victory as a professional golfer, Beau Breault was back at work in the clubhouse at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland Township.
With his pro career just beginning in a sport with no guaranteed paydays, Breault isn’t in a position to ditch his day job.
“If I don’t have a tournament, I’m here every day, working, playing, practicing,” the 2015 Hartland High School graduate said. “They’re pretty good to me.”
Breault is $5,000 richer after winning the Northern Ohio PGA’s Toledo Open in a one-hole playoff Tuesday at Stone Oak Country Club. It was the second pro tournament for Breault, who got a nice return on his investment for a $385 entry fee.
But, as he tries to refine his game with the goal of ultimately playing on the PGA Tour, the paycheck isn’t the biggest takeaway from his trip to Ohio.
“I’m not playing for the money,” he said. “It’s a process right now. The win was validation, I would say. That’s what I got out of it, validation for the work I’ve been putting in. If you’re in it just for the money, I don’t think you can really last out here. I just really enjoy playing well. I want to be trending in the right direction.”
That having been said, Breault can’t pursue his dream for long without financial backing. He will be moving to Orlando on Oct. 1 to share a place with former high school teammates Baker Stevenson and Bryce Messner, who have also turned pro.
Moving to Florida allows them to practice outdoors and compete in tournaments during the winter.
“I’m currently looking for investors to support me, because the whole process of me going down to Florida and playing these tournaments is really expensive,” he said. “You need a support system financially to be able to give yourself enough chances to make it.”
Breault will head to Florida with a boost of confidence from topping a field of 112 players in Ohio.
He led by one shot after shooting 5-under-par 66 in the first of two rounds, but needed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in the final round to card a 68 and force a playoff.
“There was no scoreboard out there, so I had no idea where I was,” Breault said. “I knew I was going to have to close with a couple birdies just coming down the stretch to either win or have a chance of getting to a playoff. I figured there would be a couple guys 3-under or 4-under to start the day who would go low. I knew I couldn’t sit on the lead. I had to be somewhat aggressive and go out and shoot a good number.”
In the playoff, Breault made par after hitting a crooked tee shot to win over Ashton Van Horne of Georgetown, Kentucky.
Breault tied for 28th with rounds of 73 and 67 in his first pro tournament, the Sault Ste. Marie Pro Invitational on Aug. 11-12.
“I didn’t really feel much different as far as it’s a professional versus an (amateur) tournament,” Breault said. “I just went out and played golf. It’s a little different when you’re playing for a check instead of store credit, a trophy or an exemption into more Michigan stuff.”
Stevenson tied for 40th by shooting 74-71-145 and Messner tied for 49th by shooting 72-74-146.
“It’s going to be fun to have two of my life-long buddies with me going through it together,” Breault said. “It’ll make the experience more comfortable and easier, a smoother process.”