Current Residence: Yorba Linda, Calif.
College: Mt. San Antonio College
Profession: Professional Golfer, Vice President
of Industry Lift, Inc.
- Turned professional in 1992
- Canadian Tour: 1996-97, 1999-02
- Web.com Tour: 1998, 2004, 2006-2009
- PGA TOUR: 2003, 2005
- Won the 2004 SAS Carolina Classic on the Web.com Tour (then the Nationwide Tour)
- Best PGA TOUR finish was T4 at the 2003 Southern Farm Bureau Classic
- Currently vice president of Industry Lift, Inc., a family-owned equipment rental business.
Personal: Married with three children
Hello, my name is Chris Anderson. I am a 41 year-old, father of three from West Covina, Calif. To label me as “just” a forklift guy would not tell the full story.
I grew up in a middle class family in Southern California. My mom, Terrie, raised me and my younger brother, Scott, while my dad, Mike, worked in the family’s equipment rental business. He would later go on to purchase it from my grandfather. As the years went by, I became more involved in the business and had eventually settled into the idea that I too, would end up taking over one day.
That was until the day my best friend invited me out to his golf club for an afternoon with some friends. As a skinny teenager with no real knowledge of the game, I went there to enjoy the day with my friend. However, like a fish to a worm, I became hooked.
I began chipping and putting in my own backyard and hitting golf balls until I was sore. I was obsessed, to the point that when my father pursued buying a boat, I eagerly convinced him to by a golf club membership so I could play more.
Over the next few years, I continued to sharpen my mind and skill set. After college and working in the family business for a couple of years, I finally decided to give my dream a shot. I turned professional in 1992, entered many state and local tournaments and eventually made my way to the mini tours. After 10 years of grinding on various professional golf tours, I did it. Being one of only eight players to advance through all three stages of PGA TOUR Q-school in 2002, I was finally going to the PGA TOUR.
However, like most things in life, getting there is half the battle. You must work even harder to stay there. My rookie year was a great learning experience. There were several highlights, including a trip to the U.S.
Open, where I holed out a shot from the 18th fairway which landed me on ESPN. By season’s end, I finished 152nd on the money list. So, it was back to Q-school and ultimately back to the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour). In 2004, I won the SAS Carolina Classic and earned my way back to the PGA TOUR in 2005.
Armed with the knowledge from my last stint on TOUR, I was determined to keep my card. So, I sought out the instruction of one of golf’s “gurus.” I was voracious for information and eager to apply it to my game. Not knowing that a change so radical would come back to haunt me.
Tournament after tournament proved more and more devastating. I dropped back to the Nationwide Tour and continued to struggle. I had literally lost my way. After several years of lackluster performances and financial bleeding, the time had come for me to “pack it in.” I called my dad and said, “I’m ready if you’ll have me.” The answer was a resounding yes. So, back to Industry Lift I went.
Now, two years later, I’m vice president of Industry Lift, Inc. I have a steady pay check and I get to tuck my kids into bed every night. What more could I ask for? Well, some might say nothing. Not me. Despite all the woes, one thing still rings true to my soul. I know I’m better than that. That is why I have never really had closure. I walk through my house, stop by a mirror and rock my shoulders back and forth as if I’m putting. My body is literally on auto pilot. Golf is part of who I am.
Moving forward, I know one thing to be true. There are no guarantees in life. By submitting my Q-school application every year, I not only commit myself financially, but I open my heart up to the possibility of disappointment again. That’s ok…kind of. I’ve learned a lot over the years, not only about the game but also about myself. I know that my scorecards don’t reflect the caliber of player I can be.Now, with the support of my family and the guidance of my coach, I embark on the next chapter in my life. A revamped, re-dedicated, better version of myself. Chris Anderson 2.0. I know I have the tools to succeed not only in business but also in golf. So stay tuned, because the best is yet to come.
Follow Chris on Twitter @CAndersonGolf