PADUCAH, KY-- Throughout his golfing career, Massac County native Mason Jacobs has been all across the country, playing in different amateur events. But Jacobs felt like he needed something more.
"I really didn't want to do that again," Jacobs admitted. "I felt like me game was ready to go to the next level, and try to give it a go."
So he decided to turn pro, and will make his professional debut this weekend at the Pepsi-Paducah Bank Irvin Cobb Championships on Saturday.
"I've got some nerves, it's just a different feeling you know, playing in a different crowd and stuff," said Jacobs.
So what exactly does it take for someone to turn pro in the game of golf? Well, it's not as difficult as you might think.
"You just have to show up at a tournament and sigh up as a pro," Jacobs said. "You lose your amateur status if you do that, so that's really about all there is to it."
But there is a slight catch, according to Paxton Park Course Pro Danny Mullen.
"You don't get paid unless you play very well, so you kind of have to go out on a limb, or you have to have a sponsor. So it's not difficult to do, but it's difficult to succeed at."
And Jacobs hopes that success comes rather quickly.
"It takes a lot of money to do it, so hopefully I can win some this weekend and get out there."