WHEN Dylan Thompson graduated from the PGA Australia Trainee Tour he was hopeful that there were exciting things to come in 2020, but this year has gone as smoothly as a drive into a bunker.
Thompson's debut year outside of the trainee tour was shaping up as a chance to venture into new tournaments but since March those opportunities are no longer possible to find.
And unfortunately for the Bathurst golfer he's had to stick to social rounds on the fairways to keep his game going strong.
"It's been a big lockdown for myself and they still haven't given us a return date for when things can start back up," Thompson said.
"At the moment I've just been trying to play in all the Australasian tournaments but that probably won't happen until flights can start back up again."
I had about a month and a half away from golf and that wasn't too bad.Dylan Thompson
Tournament play came to an end in March, alongside many other sports across Australia when the spread of coronavirus grew at its most rapid rate.
But it could be quite a while until the next one comes along for Thompson.
"The last thing I play in was the Canberra Pro-Am and that was back at the start of March," he said.
"There's still a couple of tournaments that have been back tracked to around November and December if everything goes to plan ."
A lack of golf hasn't been the worst news in the world for the Bathurst player.
In fact, former Bathurst Golf Club trainee professional Thompson said some time away from the sport has helped him re-focus.
"I had about a month and a half away from golf and that wasn't too bad," Thompson said.
"I've just started getting back into it again and working hard. I don't feel like I've fallen away in that time off. If anything, it's helped me a little bit."