WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va - Rob "Duke" Erwin has been everywhere, but it's nowhere near the place he wants to be.
The 1999 graduate of South Charleston High School didn't play competitively as a teenager, but is tied for 17th after Wednesday's third round of the 94th State Amateur.
The 32-year-old Erwin - who has been in a rock band, helped build a house for a former NFL star and played four years of golf in the West Virginia Conference - has much bigger aspirations than earning a top 15 finish and an exemption into next year's Amateur.
Eventually, his career destination - and he's admittedly had some already - is to play for pay.
Despite being a considerable distance from his dream, the 2010 graduate of West Virginia State University and former Yellow Jacket player, might have finally found his calling.
"I started getting serious about golf when I was about 21 or 22," said Erwin, who moved to Florida after high school to live with his father and work building homes, including one for former NFL wide receiver Laveranues Coles. "We moved near a golf course in St. Augustine (The Golf Club at South Hampton). I got with a coach and he started helping me and in a couple years I went from a 15 handicap to a 5. So, I decided to go to college to see where it takes me."
He determined that building houses was too stressful and his future making money in a rock band came into question.
Erwin played bass guitar in "Happy Hour," a rock band that toured the Sunshine State.
When producers "ripped the band apart," splintering its members, Erwin came to another conclusion.
"When we broke up I realized I'm at the mercy of these other people," said Erwin, whose musical background comes from his mother Kristi Wick - 1975 Miss West Virginia and a professional singer - and his father, who plays guitar professionally. Erwin himself played in the West Virginia Youth Orchestra.
Erwin returned to West Virginia and was offered a scholarship to play for then State Coach Dave Wentz - the Big Bend Golf Course pro. Despite Wentz's insistence that Erwin could be the best golfer in the WVC, Erwin didn't take the game seriously enough.
"The last three years it dawned on me that I didn't have any more tournaments to play so I needed to find something to keep me going," he said.