The next time you watch The Golf Channel and the advertisers provide you with general information about the tournament, the course, or the golfers themselves, it’s possible that Drew Powell will provide that information.
The 23-year-old Holden native and recent Duke University graduate, who won the Maine State Golf Association’s Match Play tournament last week, landed a job as a researcher for The Golf Channel in June.
âI watched Golf Channel grow so much that being able to contribute is pretty cool,â said Powell. “When they say word for word something you’ve written, it’s surreal.”
Powell currently works from his home in Holden and gets his assignments weeks in advance, which can range from the British Open to the US Amateur Championships.
For work, Powell spends a lot of time watching golf and Google searching. He will unearth information on the history of a golf tournament and the various courses, as well as facts about golfers from a performance and personal perspective through the newspapers of their hometown.
His latest assignment includes compiling notes on upcoming tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour, which is a cut below the PGA Tour. Players try to earn their PGA Cards through their performance on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Powell will also make post-round notes – his favorite part of the job – on top contenders for the BMW PGA Championship tournament August 26-29 and the Circuit Championship September 2-5.
It’s a different career path than some golfers his age who decide to play the sport professionally.
Powell has had a solid college career, finishing with a 75.88 GPA in nine events at Duke after transferring from Brown University, where he averaged 74.92 in 11 events.
While at Brown, he won the Quechee Collegiate Challenge in Vermont in the fall of 2018, which led him to decide to move to Duke the following January.
Last season was Powell’s best at Duke as he appeared in four events averaging 74 points, and he recorded his best result when he finished tied for 18th with a par 218 of two in River Landing Golf Club in North Carolina.
He said that the physical training, the long practices, the great facilities and the emphasis on nutrition combined to make this a wonderful experience and have the chance to play on the historic Pinehurst No.2 course in North Carolina for the Wake Forest Invitational was fun.
He finished tied for 27th in the 11-team field.
After the season, Powell and five teammates were named All-American Scholars.
But Powell, who was the state’s Class A individual champion in 2014 when he was in high school in Bangor, said going pro was not on his radar and he enjoyed his current gig.
âI don’t have to deal with stress or worry about where my next paycheck is coming from,â said Powell, explaining that it is difficult to make a living playing golf.
He is capable of playing in tournaments in Maine and other amateur tournaments, and his match play victory over Jeff Cole of York last week at Fox Ridge Golf Club in Auburn was memorable as it was his first. triumph in individual tournament.
He was trailing four shots after just six holes.
âI got off to a bad start, but then I started birding quite a bit,â said Powell, whose 20-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole sparked his comeback.
He birdieed on the 12th hole to tie and took the lead on 14. Cole answered on 15 to tie and Powell birdieed on 17 to win it.
âI came close to a lot of individual wins and finally got over the bump. I was really happy. It was one of the greatest accomplishments I have had.
Powell added that he thinks his work as a Golf Channel researcher has helped his golf game as it gives him a pleasant diversion.
“I’m not training, thinking about [my game] All the time.”