A lot of athletes talk about committing to and sacrificing for their sport.
Glenn Workman is more than talk.
The University of Wyoming senior-to-be has been playing in one golf tournament after another this summer. It is a schedule so tight that he didn’t have a hotel room when he arrived for June’s Wyoming State Match Play Championship at the Golf Club at Devils Tower in Hulett.
Workman rolled out a mattress and slept in the back of his Subaru Crosstrek.
“That’s not that big of a deal to me,” Workman said. “I have been looking forward to going out and grinding on my own, and those are the types of things you have to do.
“It can get lonely out there when you try to play professionally.”
He opened the tournament by edging Cheyenne’s Scott Bates by a single hole. Then UW teammate Quintin Pope offered Workman a place to stay.
“I only spent one night in the car,” Workman said with a laugh. “I don’t think Quintin’s dad, Matt, was going to allow me to do it twice.”
Workman went on to win three more matches during the next two days. He finished runner-up when John Murdock IV, another UW teammate, downed him in the final.
Workman has continued to play well since.
He won the championship amateur title at the Springer tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by four strokes. He later held off Pope for the Wyoming State Amateur title at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.
Workman continued his torrid play by winning the amateur title at the Wyoming Open on Sunday at Airport Golf Club in Cheyenne. He finished at 8-under-par 202.
Workman was 9-under after two rounds and played in the final group with eventual professional winner David Oraee and two-time Wyoming Open champion Steven Schneiter of Sandy, Utah. Workman was only three shots off the overall lead heading into the final round.
“I have committed to the game more than I ever have in my whole life,” Workman said. “I can definitely see it paying dividends now. I have been playing as many tournaments as I can and getting experience.
“… I have been practicing and playing more than I ever have. If you do that, you start to see it pay off in little ways here and there.”
Workman credits UW coach Joe Jensen with getting him tournament tough.
“Something Coach Joe stresses is getting the experience of playing,” Workman said. “I have played probably 40 tournaments in college. You can’t get that many other places than the University of Wyoming.
“An average college golfer might get half that because they have more guys on their team, and they don’t play as many tournaments.”
Workman has been in the lineup for all but one tournament during his three seasons in Laramie. However, he is quick to point out that players don’t need to be part of the scoring team to get playing experience for the Cowboys.
“(Jensen) has a lot of connections, and there are seven or eight tournaments each year where there are two indie spots,” Workman said. “Those go to guys who aren’t on the team that week. Guys who aren’t on the team are missing maybe two tournaments per year. That’s it.
“They’re getting the same experience as the top five players. That’s special.”
All of the experience Workman has gained in Laramie helped him become only the fifth man to win both the Wyoming State Amateur and Wyoming Open amateur titles in the same summer. Pope did it in 2015 and ’16. Dave Balling (1992), Gabe Meier (2010) and Keegan Bradley (2005) also accomplished the feat. Bradley is the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship.
Workman isn’t letting up on his competition schedule either. He will try to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur championship today at Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper. He also will play in the Laramie Open starting Saturday.
He has beds to sleep in at those events, but he knows he has other options, if necessary.
“My car was pretty comfortable, actually,” Workman said with a smile. “Not too bad at all.”