By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications
Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, stepped off the plane Tuesday morning in Puerto Rico with one thing on his mind: golf. Like thousands of other fans he made the trek to take in the PGA TOUR's Puerto Rico Open. Unlike the thousands of other fans though, he will be experiencing the tournament from inside the ropes. Andrew earned a Sponsor's Exemption into the PGA TOUR event by winning the AJGA's Puerto Rico Junior Open presented by EaglesDream Golf Academy. With a final-round push, Kozan claimed a three-stroke victory and entry into the biggest tournament of his life. I caught up with Andrew right after he arrived in Puerto Rico to find out his thoughts heading into the tournament.
What does it mean to you to compete among the best golfers in the world?
"I’m really excited. I know it’s a big learning experience, but I have nothing to lose. Nobody is expecting me to do anything great, but somebody is going to win, why not me?"
Have you done anything different to prepare for the tournament?
"What I have been doing is working so I haven’t changed anything. I think I am well prepared and it will be a good week."
What do your friends think of you competing in a TOUR event?
"They are really happy for me and knowing that most of them have beat me before they think it’s fun to say they have beat somebody who is playing in a TOUR event."
How many times have you played Trump International?
"The rounds I have played there with the AJGA are the only ones. I am confident with the course. My caddie has been going over the course as well and we are both ready to go."
What does it mean to have your parents with you for this experience?
"It’s really nice that I can share my success with them because they have helped me the most and gotten me to where I am today."
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
"Confidence, knowing that I belong with the pros and I earned my spot. There is a reason I am here and that is to compete at the highest level and see what it’s like to playing in these tournaments each and every week."
What are you most looking forward to?
"The golf for sure is what I am most looking forward to. Getting out there and competing with the big crowds, getting in the moment, how I will control the nerves and how well I do. I'm looking forward to all those things."
Follow Andrew as he competes in the Puerto Rico Open.