Current Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Home Golf Course: Maryvale Golf Course
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Alumnus of The First Tee of Phoenix
- Represented The First Tee of Phoenix at 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
- Winner of the 2013 Phoenix City Amateur by 14 strokes – 64-64-70
- 33 victories in the Junior Golf Association of Phoenix
- Turned professional following high school graduation in April 2013
The youngest competitor on Big Break Myrtle Beach at age 19, Anthony Quezada also is determined to become the youngest champion in Big Break history.
Quezada took up the game of golf at the age of six after his father, who never played the game himself, purchased him a junior set of clubs. Anthony, the only golfer in the family, was instantly hooked with the game, and hasn’t stopped since.
Diagnosed with Type I Diabetes on Christmas Day in 1999, Quezada knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity at a young age. Much like his fellow Big Break Myrtle Beach competitor Dave Markle, who also has Type I Diabetes, Quezada doesn’t see having the disease as a challenge. He sees it as an opportunity.
“I want to spread awareness about Diabetes and Diabetes research with the hope of one day finding a cure,” said Quezada, who grew up playing golf at Maryvale Golf Course in Phoenix. “Having this disease just makes me more determined to accomplish my goals and objectives on and off the golf course.”
That source of confidence Quezada exudes can be attributed to his determination to succeed on the golf course. A self-taught player, Quezada quickly learned at a young age that he had a natural skill in the game. Golf became his life. He wanted to learn everything about golf and become the best he could be to make his family proud. He would go on to record more than 100 victories during his junior golf years.
His confidence and success on the golf course also is attributed to an organization Quezada is proud to call home – he is an alumnus of The First Tee of Phoenix. The First Tee of Phoenix provides affordable golf and learning facilities for young golfers who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play. The organization serves as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.
One of the highlights of Quezada’s young career was the opportunity to represent The First Tee of Phoenix at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour, twice, in 2010 and 2011.
“Playing at Pebble Beach and alongside some of the greatest players to play the game was such an awesome feeling,” said Quezada. “I told myself after the 2011 event, ‘This is what I want to do with my life, play professional golf.’”
Fast forward to 2014, Quezada is getting that opportunity. He graduated from Independence High School in 2013 and immediately turned professional, spurning college golf offers at Division I schools. He wants to make an immediate impact on and off the golf course and inspire others to chase their dreams.
Big Break Myrtle Beach just might be his next step to realizing his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR.