Good to hear your story Dan,
I'm guessing the type of pro you are thinking of is one who plays tournaments and tries to win prize money?
I think you are gaining a perspective on how difficult it really is. Play more top level amateur tournaments like that USGA publinks qualifier
Win it, go play it, make match play. Win your state amateur, Mid am, basically kick ass all summer in any top tournament you enter.
Then you turn pro and play against all the...