DESPITE playing what he described as the best golf of his life in the latter part of 2013, Darren Renwick has put aside his golf clubs for a business career and family life in America.
The former Hill Barn Golf Club member had a glittering run as an amateur – as he won an NCAA Division 1 tournament within his first 13 months in America, made the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship and rose to number 18 in the men’s world amateur rankings in 2009.
Renwick, who moved to the States to study and ply his trade at the University of Tennessee, had a dip of form in 2012, and, although he picked up since, he has decided on a fresh direction.
He moved to America permanently later this month to live in Nashville, ahead of getting married in April
Renwick said: “The last four years have been a bit of rollercoaster on the golf course. After the first year in America, the coach I went there to work with moved on to another university in 2009 and things did not work out with the new coach.
“I completely lost my form and confidence and, having finished my degree in December 2012, I came back to the UK to work with my dad and get my game back on track using the performance programme he had written for golf.
“During 2013 my game just got better and better, and, having had several sub-30 rounds for nine holes, I entered Web.com tour school in America. I qualified through the first stage in Nebraska City and then just missed the cut at the next stage in Florida.
“Since this, I have been advised that the US government have approved my Visa to move to America and get married to my fiancé, Rachel.”
Renwick continued: “I knew that once this came through I would have to make a big decision about my future and, although I am enjoying my golf, I am not enjoying the endless travel and hotel rooms. Hence I weighed it all up and decided that golf was not what I wished to do for the rest of my life.
“I have good academic qualifications and a very good American degree and will use these to start a career in business. I intend to play golf when I can and, hopefully, still take some money off the Web.com and PGA tour guys I have been practising with.
“Life will certainly be different without golf as it has been a major part of our lives for the last 15 years.
“I would like to thank the Herald and everyone who has supported me over the years, especially Carpenter Box Accountants and Goldcoast Jewellery, in Brighton, for their sponsorship in 2013.”