My Story: Truck, Trailer & Turning Pro in 2017
Every professional athlete has an origin story. This is mine. Part III and present day.
January 2017 – I won the Tempe City Arizona Amateur.
I had been at a 12-hour- per-day sales conference for the week leading up the event. I had not touched a club in almost two weeks. But I was in the right state of mind. I had a lifetime of competitive golf experience behind me.
The win reinforced that heading in the direction of my dreams was the right direction. And the time was now.
— AmateurGolf.com (@amateurgolfcom) January 22, 2017
February 2017 – Truck & Trailer
I purchased a 26-foot travel trailer and a Nissan Titan diesel truck. After running the numbers, this was the most cost-effective route. Instead of flights, I’d be paying gas. Instead of $150/night hotel stays, I’d be paying $15/night campground fees. This was important as I was funding this first round of tournaments and travel on my own.
March 2017 – Official Career Change
I resigned from my well-paying medical device job.
April 2017 – Golf Journey Begins
I embarked on my golf journey. I lived, breathed and owned the professional-golf life for five months on the road. From the Web.com and PGA to the Dakotas Tour, I played in 11 professional tournaments along the west coast, throughout Canada and down in the Dakotas.
May 2017 – Turning Pro in 2017
I officially turned professional. My first event as a professional golfer? USGA’s US Open Local Qualifier at The Preserve Golf Club in San Francisco. I tied for third.
September 2017 – Back to Arizona Golf
I made my way back to Arizona. The summer tours had wrapped up in the northern sections. It was time to fine-tune my skills and get ready for the big winter events and next year’s PGA Canada Q-School. Fall 2017 would also be a time to work closely with my golf and business team… and put together an investor team and go out for a first fundraising round in order to be even more successful in 2018.
The story continues! I’ll have fundraising best practices for professional golf to share with you soon.