Voke will tee it up on Thursday at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club as the second highest ranked player in the field behind only NSW golfer Dimi Papadatos and in position to notch a fourth professional win in what has already been a breathtaking rookie pro season for the 23-year-old.
Iowa-based Voke set his 2018 sights on climbing into the world’s top-500 ranked men's golfers and securing any kind of status on the Web.com Tour; both goals he has smashed easily on his way to climbing inside the top 260.
The Kiwi won three times on the PGA Tour China circuit this year to wrap up a Web.com card.
“It’s not a bad start,” a humble Voke said at Twin Creeks today.
“There are a couple more events here in Australia so we’ll try to climb even further.”
Four years in the Iowa State University collegiate golf program showed enough positive signs in both Voke’s game and personal development to set the lofty goals and with a healthy support team behind him, Voke makes a point of using ‘we’ and ‘us’ when speaking about his career.
“My last four years at Iowa State I was trending nicely and we knew if we kept doing the right things and my support team is in place, my processes are there so everything’s in place for us to keep learning and developing.
Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club
Voke has missed only one cut in 15 events this year, but what that doesn’t show is the time he's spent driving across the US attempting to pre-qualify into Web.com Tour events.
“It was a big grind, golf’s a funny game, you can go through phases where results and things aren’t going your way but you’re putting in a lot of work, it’s almost like you’re at a bus stop waiting for a bus,” added Voke.
“You can be doing all the right things and get into the right position and be in the right place but the buses just don’t come.
“Then all of a sudden two or three come at once, it’s a real funny game like that and I’ve definitely had that experience this year.”
Voke’s bus well and truly arrived after he received an invitation to play in the Suzhou Championship on the PGA TOUR Series – China, he finished fourth that week before going on to win three times and finish second on the tour’s Order of Merit. All of which secured his Web.com Tour card.
“I think that was a combination of being ready to go at the right time and being given the opportunity as well. I’m just a product of my support team and we’re just very fortunate and blessed we got given that opportunity and we took full advantage.”
Now back in Australia for this week’s AVJennings NSW Open and Emirates Australian Open, Voke said he’s well prepared after his whirlwind few weeks through Asia before it’s back to the States for the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School to improve his status.
“We’re not certain what starts we’ll get on the Web.com Tour so I’m heading over to final stage qualifying school just to put myself in the best position I can,” added Voke.
“I’m ready to go, I’ve had a nice couple of weeks off back in my base in Iowa and I’m feeling fresh.
“It was a long seven weeks in Asia and it can beat you up a bit. I’m probably a little on the rusty side but I’m excited to get out there and see what I can do. The course this week looks awesome, I’m excited to get out there and hit some golf shots.”
Voke will be playing for a share of the AVJennings NSW Open's $400,000 prize purse.
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