The trials, tribulations, shortcomings and frustrations of a startup business (especially one situated in the highly volatile world of golf improvement) are enough to make anyone’s head spin sideways. Golf instruction is always changing. Systems, viewpoints and teaching methods re-route themselves more times than Charles Barkley’s downswing. And so, as a small business owner you’re trying it all — believing that every second you pour into the dream is getting you closer and closer to the ultimate goal of helping people all over the world play better golf.
But laser-like focus is not just some suggestion passed down by all the business greats. It’s an imperative. You shut out the world because you believe that every second you spend on something else is one less opportunity. All the chaos, uncertainty, and confusion often pushes you into a pretty dark and lonely place.
Then you meet Jerry Haas.
This past February, we were exhibiting at the Carolinas PGA Merchandise Show in Greensboro, N.C. and in walks the man from Winston Salem — a legend in the golf world. For anyone who doesn’t know the name, Jerry is the Head Coach of Wake Forest University Men’s Golf Team, a PGA Tour Player, the 2015 Low-Pro at the Senior PGA Championship, 2015 winner of the 91st Carolina’s Open, 2015 Carolinas PGA Player of the year, and most importantly, an all around awesome guy.
Originally from Belleville, I.L., Jerry played college golf at Wake Forest. During his time there he won the Illinois Amateur Championship twice. (’82 and ’84) In his final year at Wake, he was selected as an All-American. He amassed seven wins professionally before taking the head coaching job at his alma mater in 1997. Jerry totally overhauled the golf program at Wake Forest, and since ’97 he’s led the Demon Deacons to over 15 All-ACC Selections, and produced over 15 Individual Tournament Champions.
The man lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps golf.
Which is why your whole world as a golf startup changes when Jerry Haas enters it. I’ve never seen somebody so energetic and excited about the game. Jerry’s presence transformed our booth at the Carolina’s PGA Show like he did the Wake Forest Golf Team. When he’s in the room, he controls it. But he does it unassumingly. The energy level rises and everybody can’t help but feel excited. And to have him on board as one of our keystone supporters with the Navigator Training Aid, is the biggest blessing our small company could’ve ever come across.
Recently, Jerry took 21 putts to shoot 65 in the final round of the 91st Carolinas Open At Bryan Park. He won by six shots. You can read all about it on the Carolinas PGA Website. The win was enough to catapult him to the top of the standings, and become the 2015 Carolinas PGA Player of the Year. We couldn’t be more excited for him.
DLG feels honored to have such a distinguished supporter and we wish Jerry nothing but continued success in golf both personally and professionally in the Carolinas!
Until next time,