Uebergang at career crossroads
LAST month Nathan Uebergang was teeing off in the same tournament as Tiger Woods.
Now the Ipswich-raised golfer is questioning his future in the sport.
Uebergang competed in the Australian Masters, in which Woods finished well behind winner Stuart Appleby, and Australian Open with mixed results.
Uebergang made the cut at the Masters before a poor third round consigned him to 61st spot, before missing the cut at the Open.
It has reached the point where the 27-year-old is thinking of giving golf away as a career path.
“I have to reassess things,” he said.
“I’m not sure what will be happening next year.”
Uebergang relocated to Adelaide in May this year, to be with his girlfriend Joy, having played on the Japanese pro tour last year with limited success.
But he believes he is yet to show what he is truly capable of in the pro ranks.
“I’ve got limited Australian tour status for 2011,” Uebergang said.
“I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to play. I certainly don’t think I’ve peaked or played anywhere near where I can play.”
But with a stable relationship, the days spent on the road travelling from tournament to tournament and wondering if he’ll earn a pay check have worn thin.
“It’s very draining with the travel and making ends meet financially,” he said.
“The lack of stability and the golf lifestyle and the possibility of marriage and a family (make it hard to continue).”
If he decides to give up the life of a golfing nomad, Uebergang faces a potentially bigger challenge than playing alongside Woods – working out what to do with the rest of his life.