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You have displayed incredible dedication to the game of golf and to the North Florida PGA section in general. What is it that motivates you to show such dedication and devotion to the game?

I am just really trying to give back to the game and to the people who are involved. When I look back on my many years in the game, it has provided me with wonderful opportunities. Now I am just hoping to show some form of gratitude and appreciation by what I do. It truly is a pleasure.

What would you say is your most significant playing achievement thus far or achievements in general, over the years?

I would have to say that being able to play on the PGA Tour, winning 6 tournaments, is my most significant playing achievement. I am very proud of that. I’m also very proud of the fact that I was able to transition into a broadcasting career covering golf for the Golf Channel and NBC. That has allowed me to stay around the game but in a very different way. I feel like I am still very actively involved in promoting the game.

On a golf course, players are asked to repair their divots and one other. How do you apply this principle in your daily life?

I have a simple goal every day. I want to be helpful to someone in some way. That could be as simple as saying hello with a smile, a sincere thank you when one is deserved, offering advice when asked, or it could be providing an opportunity for someone who could use one. That is how I try to live my life; being a helpful person every single day, in every way.

What would you say is your worst golf habit or biggest pet peeve?

My worst golf habit is very easy. I tend to be too much of a perfectionist and that can easily lead to a level of frustration that I never want to reach. However, I do tend to reach that level more than I would like. My pet peeve about the game is SLOW PLAY. It’s not rocket science! Just stand up there and hit the ball.

If your golf ball could speak, what would it say to you or what would it say about you?

I would hope that my golf ball would tell me to continue doing the things that I am passionate about. That is getting and keeping young people interested in golf, hopefully providing educational opportunities to young people who have been introduced to the game, and seeing the game prosper. I hope that it would tell me that I am doing good things and to continue on that path.

My golf ball would also tell me, “I’m afraid of the dark so don’t try to knock me in the hole.”

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