Born: Port Colborne, Ontario
Resides: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Birthdate: 18 January 1972
Weight: 215 lbs
Life is a journey. It's amazing what it brings. Chance encounters, moments of total elation and moments of total frustration. It's amazing where one turn leads and and another turn ends up. Welcome to my site. Golf is a fantastic game as so many of us know. Ever notice that it's ever-changing, never the same, and humbling? I have often said that to enjoy the game you have to be a bit of a "sado-masichist".
For me, my introduction to golf was one of chance. It was in Hamilton, Ontario. Following a near-fatal car accident (no use of lower limbs for 3 weeks from a severe spinal trauma) June 17th, 1995 I was employed as a security officer. I was without a vehicle and just re-entering the work force and mass transit was the way to go. In 1995 the Champions Tour was called simply the Senior PGA Tour. They happened to be in town that summer for the Canadian Senior PGA Open. I recollect this moment vividly. I wa waiting for by bus home and walked past the hotel at Jackson Square. I looked left and in my peripheral I saw a distinguished gentleman. Silvery hair, wearing a cardigan and I recognized him. It was "The King" Mr. Arnold Palmer. He said "Good morning, lovely looking day" like he knew me as an old friend. We ended up talking for some 10-15 minutes and then he had to leave for the course. Instead of going home I went to the nearest Play it Again Sports. I would buy my first set of clubs.. horrible abominations with their Zinc heads. I took them on the bus, went home and then a short time thereafter ended up at a golf course. That was sort of rough.
The game wouldn't stick I'm somewhat reluctant to say. It wasn't until I became ill in 1999. I suddenly had Diabetes and Cardiac problems. It got to the point where gradually I realized that my days of playing hockey and baseball at my competitive level were dwindling down. I needed something to allow me to compete and I would start playing golf. In 2004, I became absolutely addicted to the game. In my first full season of golf in 2004 I was a 2.4 handicap. I continued to play the game hitting peaks and valleys until in 2009 I had to stop playing golf shortly after a trip to NYC. My health declined and I wasn't able to take the club physically back. Of course, I was now obsessed with the game reading golf publications and watching golf steady. In 2010, the Canadian Tour was holding their Tour Championship in nearby St. Catharines. I had the chance to caddy and I did. I loved being inside the ropes. The guys were good but I had the same ability in the depths of my heart. It was that experiment that fueled my hunger. I was determined to golf again.
January 1st, 2011 brought in a New Year. With a New Year it brings hope. My resolution was simple... to play golf again. And I would. I would go to the Niagara Falls Sportsplex and start hitting balls. After a long layoff I was quite pleased with my striking. About a week later I would meet the man that would become my swing coach. He told me that I had a nice looking swing but he wanted to change a couple of things. Namely a sway. Well this would mark the beginning of a total swing re-construction.I would make my debut as a professional May 25th, 2011.
Here we are. In my third year as a golf professional. It has been an uphill journey the entire way thus far but I have recently noticed that the hill isn't nearly as steep as it once was. My re-construction is in the rearview mirror and I am now playing "thoughtless golf". More importantly I now have a mental coach. Coach Jeff Flees has already helped so much already.
So here we are.. the journey continues.
"If you fall behind... run faster. Never give up... never surrender and rise up against the odds"
- Jesse Jackson
Without the chance meeting of my coach John Dixon there is no way I would be at this stage. I look at John as my coach, my friend, my mentor and family.
I would like to thank Director of Sales and Marketing Chris McCartney at the Niagara Falls Sportsplex. It's the home of my winter practice and without the facility there this Northern guy would struggle to find ways to work on his game.
I would also like to thank Tracy Lehnecker at Golf Shop Central and Kick X Golf . They have become a very important part of my team. They have been terrific to me and I am so appreciative of the help and support that they've given to me. Kick X is the brand of ball, glove and bag that I play and use. Lastly, I would like to thank Mark Adams. Mark is the Founder and CEO of MA-Nine Golf. I am very fortunate to be a Brand Ambassador for MA-Nine Golf and I am very grateful for this terrific opportunity. For more information on this terrific up and coming company please check the link on the links page.