“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL STEVEN BOWDITCH

You would think the life of a successful touring professional would mean tremendous fulfillment and happiness, but for Steven Bowditch, that didn’t come right away. Bowditch has fought – and is so far winning – a battle with depression in an uplifting story.

Bowditch grew up in Noosa, Australia, and is friends with USGTF professional James Douris, who also hails from Noosa. Bowditch turned professional at the age of 18 in 2001 and was making steady progress, winning on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) in 2005. He qualified for the PGA Tour in 2006 but made just two cuts in 22 starts. His bout with depression became full-blown, and at one point he nearly drowned. But he persevered, and in 2010 he captured his second Nationwide win.

He again earned playing privileges on the main tour, and in 2014 he captured his first victory at the Texas Valero Open. This past May, he took down his second trophy at the Byron Nelson Championship in his adopted hometown of Dallas, Texas. Today, Bowditch is in a good place in life, married to his wife Amanda, and their wedding took place – where else? – on the 18th green at TPC Four Seasons Resort, site of the Byron Nelson.

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