Job: Ping senior design engineer and aspiring PGA Tour pro
"I was recruited by Division I schools, but they told me it wasn't possible to play and study engineering. Too much lab time. So I went to a smaller school [Colorado School of Mines]. At Ping, I was the lead designer for the Anser irons, the first forged iron we had made in a number of years. I use my engineering expertise on the course. I know how much wind, temperatures and elevation affect ball flight. To be on Tour would be a fun lifestyle. Your car, food, travel are taken care of. Simply worry about playing. I missed the cut [at last year's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open], but it was less stressful than a normal workweek. I'm usually cranking away on projects and deadlines."