Read on to learn more about Baxter's passion for competing.
You have displayed incredible dedication to the game of golf and to the North Florida PGA Section. What is it that drives your golf passion?
Everything I do in life, including my golf passion, is driven by my family and working hard to put them in a better place. They have always been the center of my motivation. Growing up, I didn’t have the same opportunities that others did when it came to being involved in the game of golf due to lack of exposure and the lack of time. It wasn’t until I was 14 years old that I found my true passion for the game. Now that I am engaged to be married and expecting a child of my own, my passions on and off of the golf course will be driven by my wife and my son.
What would you say are your most significant achievements over the years?
My biggest playing achievement would have to be when I won the NJCAA National Championship at Central Alabama Community College in 2013. After junior college, I received a golf scholarship to Cincinnati and that is something that I am very proud of.
As an adult and as a member of the North Florida PGA, two of my biggest accomplishments are winning the Stableford and winning the Match Play Championship. Winning these two tournaments was an amazing feeling and allowed me to be recognized in the golf industry not only as a player but as a professional.
What is it that drew you to become a member of the North Florida Section?
I am originally from Montgomery, Alabama and after being on tour and traveling around the world for a while, I decided to move back home to take a break from the game to spend more time with my family. I still spent a lot of time playing golf with friends of mine from home and it wasn’t until I received my first coaching position that I realized I wanted to pursue the business side of the game and focus on my career as a PGA Professional. Over time, I finally became a member of the North Florida PGA and am now the Assistant Professional at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, FL. My main goal in my career is to one day be a Class A Professional and/or Director of Golf for a top 10 private facility.
What would you say is your worst golf habit and your biggest pet peeve?
I wouldn’t say this is a “bad habit”, but I have this superstition. I always carry fingernail clippers with me when I am on the golf course. If I’m not playing well, I will stop to clip my fingernails and I always end up making birdies after I do! I first started doing this in college and it is something I continued to do ever since I made four birdies on the back 9 after cutting my nails!
My biggest pet peeve would have to be when people don’t rake the bunker. No one likes to hit out of the bunker with a shoe print in the sand! Another pet peeve of mine would definitely be slow play. Other than that, nothing really bothers me that much!
If your golf ball could speak, what would it say to you?
If my golf ball could speak, it would probably say that I am a grinder who never gives up. It would also say, “Please stop yelling at me!"