I got started playing golf because of my dad. I feel like I throw a lot of credit to my dad in the things I do. But my dad put a golf club in my hand back in the day, and I’m still playing.

I’ve never had lessons. I probably should take some, but my time is very limited, so I’d much rather go play than go practice right now. I kind of put my score to the side, and just try to enjoy playing and enjoy the company I’m playing with.

People have asked me over the years why I like to play, and the answer is easy.

The season is such a grind. Our off days are so few and far between that the ones we get we want to take advantage of. For me, what’s better than having a few drinks on the course with your teammates and playing some golf? You get some betting going; you get some trash talk going. It’s the ultimate off day. You get to relax but still enjoy something you’re doing.

With the division we play in, we travel to a lot of great golf cities. When we go to San Diego, we get to play Torrey; in San Francisco, Olympic. We’re fortunate to get on some of these courses that are kind of tough to get on.

The best advice I ever got for my game came from Lucas Glover. He said, “Hey, man, you don’t practice, so when you come out here don’t expect to shoot a 75, because you’re not good enough to shoot a 75. If you shoot an 85, you shoot an 85.” Ever since then, I’ve loved golf 100 times more.

Golf is certainly something I’m passionate about. When something I’m passionate about—like baseball and golf – can open the door to an opportunity for me to give back, I love it even more.

Last month I was one of the spokespersons for the 41st Annual Bids for Kids Night of Champions Gala, Auction, and Golf Weekend. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for a great organization that does a lot of good in the community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Golf and giving back—sounds like a great reason for a gala to me!

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