My father introduced me to the game when I was very young. He and I would play games around the practice green for hours. That was the time we got to spend together when he wasn’t working and I wasn’t playing other sports. When I was in high school my football coach had me tryout for golf to keep me active during the spring. Coach Dave Rider became a very big part of my life. He continues to support me years later. He taught me the value of giving back and supporting your community. I knew I wanted to be a golf professional when I was about 13 years old. The big question was how do I accomplish my goal.
During college sitting at the Sigma Chi house an alum Allen Self came to visit. I had always heard stories of Allen and how welled he played but more than that he was a great guy. He was working at Bay Hill as an assistant at the time and invited me to Orlando to see what the business was all about. Allen Self took me on a tour of Bay Hill and introduced me to Arnold Palmer. I was hooked! I look at what I do as not a job but as a dream. The people that got me where I am today are too many to name.