I have been chasing a dream since I was 8 years old. That dream is to compete against the best golfers in the world on the PGA tour.
I love sports, I love competition, but there’s nothing like having a golf club in my hands, sweat flowing everywhere from the tension, anticipation and excitement of looking at a fairway, green or cup knowing that the entire outcome lies strictly on me. There’s no one to blame if I don’t succeed, no one to help if I make a mistake. It’s on me. Just the way I’ve always wanted it. Ever since I was a little kid I have been practicing, imagining in my head and my hands that I have one shot to win the Masters, one putt to clinch the Ryder Cup, everything rests on me in that moment. That dream, that feeling, that need has never left me, and I have never been closer than now.
The Next Chapter
The time has come in my journey to ask for help. Though I love the fact that golf can be a lonely sport in all the ways I love, I realize that in order to get to that moment where everything is on you it takes a team. Michael Jordan didn’t get to those game winning moments without a team to help him throughout the game/season to get to that point. Over my four and half years as a professional golfer I have had to deal with success and failure. Quite frankly, I have truly grown up in that time, as has my golf game. Through the inevitable ebbs and flows of scoring and results throughout the years, my game has gotten to the point where I truly belong on the PGA Tour competing against the best in the world. In order to get there, I need to keep fighting for opportunities to prove what I’m capable of. I want to prove to everyone that setbacks, though a part of life, should never stop you from chasing your dream. And that with the help of a team, an entire community of people, those dreams can be realized. And that’s why I’m turning to you.
How You Can Help
As one can imagine, the pursuit of this dream comes at a cost. I have hit a financial roadblock and need your help to get through it.
I am in need of $20,000 to $30,000 to carry me through the next six months. This resource will allow me to pay for entry fees, greens fees, travel expenses, training and equipment. As the practice and pursuit of this dream requires more than a full time commitment from my time and efforts, it is difficult to save this money on my own. Your assistance from this campaign will help me bridge the gap between now and Qualifying School for the Web.com tour this upcoming fall.
This is all an expensive but necessary part of my dream. Every dollar raised will go towards these expenses (detailed list below).
Here are two ways to step in and help me on this journey:
1) Pass this campaign on to others who you think may be interested in hearing my story and helping. Using email and social media are best for doing this.
2) A financial contribution of any amount. Every $1 helps tremendously.
I’ll be posting photos, videos and more information about my career thus far along with upcoming schedule possibilities through the duration of this campaign. If there is anything you want to see or know, just ask!
The Golfer's Bio
Notre Dame Academy (05-09)
Illinois State Golf Team (09-13)
- 2012 Fairway Intercollegiate Indiviual Champion
- 2x All American Scholar Athlete (12-13)
- 2013 U.S. Amateur 68-75 and lost to 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele
Turned Pro in August of 2013
- Web.com Q School 2[phone redacted]
- 2014 got through to 2nd stage
- 2014 North Dakota Open at Fargo Country Club Champion (67-68-65 for -16)
- Played on Dakotas Tour each summer 14-17
- 7 top 10s and about $35,000 in earnings
- Gateway and Dreamchasers Tours in Arizona Winters (2[phone redacted])
Qualified for 10 PGA Monday Qualifiers
- 2017 Sony Open missed by 1 (69)
- 2015 Web.com event in Wichita missed by (73)
Career Low Rounds: 63 (2nd Round 2017 Waterloo Open), 64 (Prequalifying for WMPO 2014), 64 (2nd Round 2016 at Vardon GC in Minot, ND)
Recently in the News:
Farmer's Insurance Open - January 23, 2018
Waste Management Open - January 25, 2018
Expense Breakdown for Next 6 Months:
Mini Tour Entry Fees - $850 per tournament (between 10-15 events)
Monday Qualifiers - $450 per tournament (between 6-8 events)
Greens Fees - Around $75 per event
Travel Expenses - up to $300 per event (includes gas and housing)
Training - $500 per month (includes practice privileges, gym access and work with swing coach)
Equipment - $50 per event (includes golf balls, gloves, etc)
**This is an overview of my golf expenses for the next six months. If you would like more information, please contact me. I would love to have a conversation with anyone further detailing what my plans are and why I need the support.
It really does take an entire community to chase a dream. And I am so lucky to have such an incredible support system along this journey. Thank you for helping me in whatever way you are able. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Come be a part of this dream. It’s going to be an unforgettable journey.
- John/Lisa Schmidt
- Bill Benson
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