Many of you know Mike from the six and a half years he spent in the Section's tournament department. In December, Mike left the Northern Texas PGA after accepting a position as a rules official on the PGA TOUR. But, there a few things you may not have known about Mike, like that he was elected to PGA Membership in 2012, or that he is set to marry his fiancé Natalie in June of 2015. He also played on the NTPGA Junior Tour while he was in high school, winning first place in a former Masters Tour event at Mira Vista Country Club!
Below are a few more things that most of you may not know about him.
What do you love about the golf business? I have always admired that even though the golf business is extremely competitive, it is for the most part made up of people with integrity and good moral character. That to me is what makes this business so enjoyable to work in for all of us.
Who got you started in the game? I will always be grateful for my dad not only introducing me to the game, but for the way in which he did it. Golf was never forced upon me, and as a result I was able to develop a passion for the game on my own along with the support of both my parents.
Did you play college golf? I did not.
What is your most memorable moment in golf? My most memorable moment in golf was visiting St. Andrews. Our family took a trip to Scotland to attend the 2004 Open Championship at Troon and although we did not have a tee time at St. Andrews we at least wanted to check it out. When we arrived, my dad checked in the golf shop to see if there were any openings on the tee sheet, and sure enough there was a single spot available. It was one of the best surprises of my life and even though my dad couldn't play, he was able to caddie for me.
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? I know it's cliché, but I have to go with Pebble.
Who makes your dream foursome? Bill Murray, George W. Bush and Derek Jeter.
Have you played golf with anyone famous? I have not.
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? We've conducted the Joe Black Cup Matches and the Ewing Charity Classic at Brook Hollow Golf Club the past couple of years, but I haven't had the chance to play it. Maybe I'll find a Tour player next year and be the next winner of a red Mercedes!
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? One thing most people probably don't know about me is I'm a complete science geek. I really enjoy studying cosmology and astronomy (at least as much as I can understand). My major in college was business management, but if I were forced to go back and change it I would probably pursue physics.
What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling and anything adventurous.
What is your favorite type of music? Hip-hop, classic rock, some country and pretty much anything from the 90's.
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force is a really good book for anyone interested in the history of the PGA TOUR and how it came to be what it is today.
What is your go-to karaoke song? Never done it and don't plan to!