Growing up in a small town in northwest Missouri left me with limited options for entertainment as a kid. Luckily my parent’s house was across the street from the town golf course. The Cameron Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course was far from well maintained or fancy but at the time I didn’t know any better. It is an 18-hole par 71 course with a back tee yardage of only 5,882 yards. Looking back now, with a course rating of 67.7, it doesn’t hold much challenge for an avid golfer. But as a young junior, it was a perfect layout presenting numerous obstacles and hazards. I played the course for the first time in 3rd grade and by the time I was in 5th grade, I was experienced enough to start golfing without my parents supervision.
The golf course quickly became my second home. I could be found teeing it up almost everyday after school unless there was snow on the ground. My passion for the game grew rapidly and I soon found myself playing in local junior competitions. Throughout middle and high school, competitive golf made up most of my weekends. I was playing in multiple junior tours throughout the Midwest region in addition to on my school team. I guess you could say the golf bug bit me pretty hard. I enjoyed the process of becoming a better golfer and was constantly trying to improve.
By the time I was a junior in high school, I already knew I wanted to work in the golf industry. I wanted to stay involved with the sport and help others enjoy golf as much as I did. I moved to Edmond Oklahoma in the summer of 2008 to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, one of only twenty universities with the PGA professional golf management program. Searching for an internship involving teaching golf, I luckily met Tim and Todd for the first time in 2010. Completely unaware of the single plane swing, they generously allowed me to shadow a 3-day school to see if I would be interested in the method. By the end of the last day I was hooked. Words cannot express how impressed I was with the school experience and level of instruction. After learning the biomechanics of the single plane swing, the method simply made sense. Everything about Moe Norman’s golf swing and the way Graves Golf Academy approaches instruction clicked with me. I immediately started working with GGA and since then have graduated from college with a business degree and obtained my PGA membership.
Over the past five years with GGA I’ve gained a vast knowledge of the golf swing and greatly expanded my skills as an instructor. I’ve had the ability to help thousands of people who have a passion for golf just like myself. I’m currently helping instruct all premier GGA schools and single plane experience programs throughout the Midwest, as well as managing the coaching program. I’m excited to see what the future holds as we continue to grow as a company and look forward to working with more single plane golfers.