Rich Jones was 23 and working as a media planner in New York City when he was introduced to golf at a client outing in New Jersey. Instantly smitten, he immediately went out afterwards and bought his first set of clubs. He switched careers and started working as a tech rep for PING Golf in 1997, the same year Tiger Woods won his first Masters.
The roars he heard after scoring touchdowns as a wide receiver and kick returner for the University of Florida in the early 1990s still give Monty Duncan chills. But these days he’s just as satisfied when a kid he worked with years ago at The First Tee chapter in St. Johns County, Florida, comes to his office and tells him what they learned at college.