There’s no doubt that golf brought my husband and I together, so it’s only fitting we went to the Ryder Cup for our Honeymoon and both work in the industry now. But just like our relationship with the game, our own has taken years to build — rooting back to our childhood, even before our days on the high school golf team together.
Yes, that’s right — my husband and I played on the same high school golf team. But no, we aren’t high school sweethearts 😉
I get that question a lot: were you guys high school sweethearts or how did you meet? Or even, does your husband work in golf too? Yes he does, we can’t escape it — #golfislife for us and always will be, no matter where life takes us. From our first date to the beginnings of our friendship. Here’s our FOREver story…
Mitchell and I grew up in the same small town of Waterloo, IL, a suburb of St. Louis. Back then, before our town had exploded with growth — everyone knew everyone. Even so, it was hard not to know of Mitchell — he was quite the local prodigy. I remember meeting my dad at the Waterloo Country Club one evening when I was about 10 or 11 for dinner, he recounted how his team had just lost their local charity golf tournament to a kid. Little did we know, that kid was my future husband.
Growing up a year a part in school, Mitchell and I were multi-sport athletes and ran around in the same group of friends. When we got to high school, we both played on the Waterloo High School golf team. The girls & boys teams both practiced on the same course and would cross paths during practice.
I remember one day at practice I hit a wayward drive (imagine that, haha) that went near the tee box of the next hole. When I went up to retrieve my ball, Mitchell and one of his friends proceeded to convince me that my drive hit his friend in the foot. So flustered I chunked my next shot, then proceeded to hit my own female teammate lightly in the leg with the following chip-shot. No joke! Come to find out, I never hit Mitchell’s friend with my tee shot (like I thought) and those guys don’t have any recollection of that story years later.
If that doesn’t sum up the difference in our level of play, this will: Mitchell would go on to finish runner-up in a playoff at the Illinois High School State Boys Tournament as an individual and contributed to one of the most successful teams in our school’s history. He’s now in our High School Hall of Fame and I am definitely not.
But our love of sports continued to pull us together in college. Mitchell went on to play golf at Kansas State University and would sometimes stop in for a football or basketball game at Mizzou on his way home to St. Louis for an occasional weekend. (This was back when both of our Alma maters were in the Big 12.)
After college, he went on to pursue golf professionally and played in Arizona and beyond — I went on to work in sports media. Each going our separate ways for several years, running into each other occasionally in our hometown.
So one day, while he was playing on the PGA TOUR Latino America and home in the states on a break, he invited me to play a round of golf with him and I didn’t think anything of it.
He says it was our first date.
Prior to that we had never been anything other than strictly friends. But looking back, I guess it was our first date. I think I impressed him because I made three birdies that day 😉
Fast forward through two moves, three different jobs, multiple Qualifying Schools and four years later — we got married on May, 26th, 2018. We’re such golf nerds we did our engagement photos at TPC Sawgrass and even had golf themed wedding favors.
But golf and sports have done more than give us our Happily FOREver After — it’s taught us sacrifice and how to support each other in our personal and joint dreams.
Golf brought us together and continues to make our relationship stronger — even though he always beats me on the course 😉
I also encourage you to take away from our story, the fact that it took years for us to build our relationship into what it is today. No we weren’t always BEST friends, but just knowing of each other has led to a level of trust and familiarity that is hard (but not impossible) to replicate in a short period of time. People say to me, “I wish I had your strong relationship.” Well you can, but it will take work and it will take time. We’ve only been married 6 months, but it’s been a lifetime in the making.
Do you and your partner bond over golf? Share your story in the comments below or with me on Instagram! We want to hear from you!