Here is a little bit about me and my life. I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Golf was always in my future with my father Mike being a good amateur golfer, particularly in his earlier years. Funnily my dad quit golf and began playing again because of my older brother Ben. In his teenage years Ben decided to play golf and as a consequence I became interested in the game.
My progress in the game happened relatively quickly, becoming a competitive state level player at the age of 15. What most people don’t know about me is the progression I made with my swing coach Troy Lane in 2002. I went from a competitive state level golfer to a nationally recognized player fairly rapidly. Up to 2004 the highlight was a tie for 2nd in the Australian Amateur Stroke-play Championship that same year.
I left Australia in August 2004, pursuing a golf scholarship at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. My two years at Indian Hills included five medalist titles. Both freshman and sophomore year I was named an NJCAA All-American. The 2006 NJCAA Championship is still my greatest golfing achievement. Capturing the individual title in a playoff over Brady Jones from Lon Morris College.
I transferred and graduated from the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) with a degree in Communications. I managed one medalist title at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in the fall of 2007. Then in the Spring of 2008 I was named to both the Athletic and Academic All-Conference USA teams.
During my two years at Indian Hills I played under the guidance of Brad Stracke and Mike Hagen. Coach Stracke has been leading The University of North Texas since 2008. Coach Hagen has been at the helm for Arkansas State University since 2015. I was honored to be named to the Indian Hills Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 and NJCAA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2023.
Early Professional Career
After graduating from UAB I turned professional in 2008. I spent the first 18 months competing on various mini tours throughout the United States. At the end of 2009 I returned to Australia to continue competing. I secured my full playing card for the Australian PGA Tour and Asian Tour to begin 2010.
The next two years I played throughout Australia and Asia along with multiple DP World Tour events. My best result in Australia was a second place finish at the 2010 South Australian PGA Championship. While my best Asian Tour result was a fourth place finish at the 2010 Selangor Masters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Unfortunately 2012 would be the beginning of what is still an ongoing issue with my back. Although I secured my card for PGATOUR Latinoamerica in 2013, I played the season with a deteriorating back. It was because of this that I stepped away from competitive golf to focus on golf instruction.
The next two years I would focus my attention on golf instruction at Eagle’s Landing Country Club south of Atlanta, Georgia. What most people don’t know about me is I would become the Director of Instruction by the end of 2014. After a significant layoff from competitive golf, a medical procedure, and ongoing rehab I returned to competitive golf. I placed 2nd place in the Atlanta Open followed by a tied 9th in the Georgia Open during 2015.
I pursued golf for another two years in which time I Monday qualified for multiple Korn Ferry Tour events. It was also during this time that the idea for FLYT Golf came about. The development of FLYT plus a growing family made stepping away in 2017 much easier. I turned my attention to FLYT and my family as we moved to St. Louis in the summer of 2018. My career as a college coach began in 2021 where I took on the role of head golf coach at Webster University. I currently reside in St. Louis with my wife Whitney, son Bronson, and daughter Kennedy.