I began playing golf at the age of 10 with my father and grew up working at a golf course. It was there that I met my teacher Brian Leib who not only gave me a job but taught me the important fundamentals of the game. Before beginning my studies to become a singer, my focus was set on becoming a golf teaching professional.
As a student at the Eastman School of Music, I became aware of the athletics department at the University of Rochester. Because Eastman is part of the university, I did some research and discovered that if granted permission, I would be eligible to play in the NCAA. After a few meetings with Eastman administration, I was granted permission to play golf for the University of Rochester. In the fall season of 1996, I qualified for the touring roster and began competing in weekend team competitions around the east coast of the United States. I spent the next two years balancing my fall class and rehearsal schedules with golf practice and competitions.
When I arrived in Scotland for my masters studies in 2000, my schedule did not allow much time for golf. I sadly lost touch with the game for about three years. However, my life was beginning to take shape much more in Europe so I made the effort to start traveling with my clubs again. My touch had not left me and with a few weeks practice, I was back to my old form and looking to get to the next level of abilities. Since 2005, I have been able to make consistent progress and set challenging goals for myself. When I am not in rehearsal, you can often find me at a course close by either practicing, playing or teaching people I meet along the way.