I grew up in a small town about 20 miles east of Birmingham, AL. My granddad, my mother, and I (not to mention several aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives) were all raised on this land that my granddad still owns today. From the time I was old enough to walk, my granddad had a golf club in my hand. He cut down some of his old right handed clubs for me to use, but I would turn around and hit them left handed. Once he and my dad finally admitted to themselves that I was a lefty, he bought me some clubs and started teaching me to swing. His house sits on a hill approximately 100 yards from a county road, and he had me in his yard hitting ball after ball until I was good enough to hit it to the road. At this point, it was time to head to the golf course.
As I grew, he took me all over the southeast for junior tournaments and weekend golf getaways. He also never missed a match or tournament that I played, and to this day has never missed a special moment in my life. I never wanted to play golf for a living, but I always wanted to do something in the golf industry. He would try and help me think of something I could do with it, but I chose a different career path, always hoping to come back around to golf.
Almost a year and a half ago now my wife and I had our first child, a baby boy, whom we named after my granddad. I am so very proud to have named him after my lifelong hero, and he has been such a precious gift to our family. Along the same time my son was born, my granddad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This was possibly the most heartbreaking news I have ever received in my life, but he is completely healthy otherwise and living life to the fullest. I have never met a man so solid in every aspect of his life. Whether it is faith, family or business, you will not find a better man. I have never heard a bad word spoken of him, and if he speaks poorly of someone you can guarantee it is warranted.
All being said, after everything he has done for me, I feel it is my time to start returning the favor! There are still so many things I want to do with him, and so many places I want us to see together, but time is clearly no longer on our side.
So it begins... Our race against time!