Enloe to leave N'wide, join Gregory at SMU
Friday, June 17, 2011
Josh Gregory, recently named the men's coach at SMU, will have a familiar face at his side in Dallas. Jason Enloe, who played at SMU with Gregory, will be the Mustangs' assistant. Enloe, a 1996 SMU graduate, is completing a 14-year professional career.
Enloe has played on the Nationwide Tour, the Canadian Tour, Golden Bear Tour and the Adams Tour. He won the Nationwide’s Fort Smith Classic in 2009 and the Pete Dye Classic in 2006. However, he has decided that tour life is in his past, regardless of what happens in the two remaining Nationwide events he has on his schedule.
“I taught him the ropes at SMU when he (Gregory) got there, and now 18 years later he is going to be teaching me,” said Enloe, who was a junior when Gregory was a freshman at SMU.
This year, Enloe has played in eight Nationwide Tour events, making two cuts. His best finish was a tie for eighth at the Fresh Express Classic, where he made $18,600. He is ranked No. 76 on the Nationwide Tour money list and ranked No. 610 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, and has missed five cuts in a row.
Once Enloe is sure he is making the right move, he plans to shift his playing career in a drastically different direction.
“After my last event in July and I make sure I am doing the right thing, pretty certain I will apply for amateur status. I enjoyed amateur golf,” said Enloe, who has played the Nationwide Tour for eight years.
His amateur career came with a lot of success. He played on the 1997 U.S. World Amateur Team and twice reached the latter stages of match play at the U.S. Amateur. Enloe earned four letters on SMU's golf team.
“Jason has a true passion for SMU,” said Gregory, who led Augusta State to consecutive national championships before being lured back to his alma mater. “He is also an accomplished golfer who will be a tremendous asset to our golf program. Jason shares our vision of taking SMU back to the top of the collegiate golf world, and I look forward to working with him.”
What if Enloe finds the same sort of magic Harrison Frazar – a friend of his and a fellow member of Royal Oaks Golf Club in Dallas – recently found on the PGA Tour?
“Even if I did win, I think I would still stick with my plans,” Enloe said.
Don’t think winning hasn’t entered his thoughts. Before his Nationwide Tour victories in 2006 and '09, Enloe had considered giving up tour life. He said he texted Frazar after his FedEx St. Jude Classic victory last week, telling him there might be something to this quitting thing.
Enloe has missed five cuts in a row and is ready to get on the recruiting trail with Gregory.
“I am ready to start something new and focus on what Josh and I need to do to get things going at SMU,” Enloe said.