Hello everybody. Just wanted to update you guys on a few things since my last journal entry. Last time I wrote I was in China getting ready for the PGA China Qualifying School on January 19-22. Unfortunately, I was unable to attain any playing privileges on the tour for this season. The conditions during the week of the tournament were extremely tough, with winds ranging into the mid 20’s. Probably the worst wind conditions I have ever played in. Along with my high ball flight, on a drawers’ golf course made it difficult for me. Despite my scores I still had an awesome time getting to see and play golf in another part of the world. It was an experience I will never forget. Do I want to go back to China to play again? Not so much, unless it is in Hong Kong.
This week I got a chance to attend the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. My friend Natalie Sheary was able to get me and few of my other friends passes into the show. The show is a three day event at the Orange County Convention Center. This event showcases products in golf apparel, equipment, and other golf related products. Pretty much if you have anything to do with the golf industry, you put it on display at this event to promote your products. It is always an awesome time every year that I go.
The show draws in more than 1,000 golf enthusiasts every year with their eyes set on finding the next hottest item for this year. This year for me was a little different. I was recognized a lot walking around from being on the last season of Big Break. I like to tell my friends I was a C-List golf celebrity this week. Subsequently, people wanted to share new ideas with me and demonstrate their products as well. I met a lot of people who I plan on emailing this next week to follow up with. One company in particular I really liked was GolfBalled.com. They review different golf equipment, apparel, and accessories. I got a chance to meet the co-founders of the organization and told them about my idea of writing from a professional golfer point of view. He said they were interested and to give him an email next week. That is what the PGA Merchandise show is all about: networking, exploring new products, and getting free stuff! Along with golfballed.com, I also met people running junior golf programs which I would love to help with and got a chance to reconnect with people I met last year. I always look forward to this event every year.
What’s next for me? I’m moving to Dallas next month. I want to be closer to my swing coach so that I can continue to work with him, and also to help out with The First Tee of Dallas. Teaching the game of golf to kids is something I really enjoy doing. It also reflects back into my game when I give unselfishly. I always remember the guys that were older than me when I started who I looked up to, which got me to where I’m at today. I want to be that inspiration or role model for the younger kids of this generation.