Clay Myers

Age: 24

Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

College: Jackson State University

Home Golf Course: Irene Golf & Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.

Profession: Professional Golfer

 

Career Highlights

-          Member of the four-time Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions at Jackson State University

-          2012 Individual Conference Championship winner

-          Product of The First Tee of Memphis

-          Caddied for Cheyenne Woods in 2014

-          Competed in the 2005, 2006 First Tee Open at Pebble Beach with Loren Roberts

 

Growing up, Clay Myers had two passions: golf and music.

First introduced at age 8, Myers learned the game of golf through The First Tee of Memphis, an experience he says will forever have a special place in his heart.

“The First Tee helped mold me into who I am today,” said Myers.  “They emphasize teaching more than just golf.  They focus on life lessons and how golf plays a major role in that.  I take that with me every day.”

In addition to golf, Myers was a very talented tuba player.  When deciding on colleges, he had to make a decision that would alter the course of his future – whether to accept a music scholarship or a golf scholarship.  He chose golf and signed with Jackson State University in Mississippi, where he found immediate success.

A part of four Southwestern Conference Athletic Conference championship teams, including the individual conference championship his senior year, Myers’ success was on the rise.  He won his first collegiate event his freshman year.   He surpassed his own expectations right out of the starting gate, and decided that golf was the career path for him.

Myers’ golf coach, Eddie Payton (Walter Payton’s brother), had a tremendous impact on him both on and off the golf course, and pushed him to be not only a better golfer, but also a better person.  The two continue to keep in touch today on Myers’ progress as a professional golfer.

Following graduation in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Accounting, Myers initially decided to go the PGA of America Apprentice route.  However, after qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills and realizing out of the 300 participants he was the only one of African-American descent, his passion to play competitively was further invigorated.

“I couldn’t believe I was the only African-American in the field,” recalled Myers.  “It seemed like a sign, that this was what I was supposed to do, play tournament golf to inspire more diversity in the game at its highest level.”

In the fall of 2012 he turned professional.  With the help of his parents emotionally and financially, he played on various mini tours with moderate success. Myers also has worked a variety of jobs to help fund his expenses, including commercial work for Dick’s Sporting Goods and Scheels Sports. Myers will be in the 2015 Spring Golf Galaxy catalog as a golf model. "The entire process has been a learning experience, and it's good for me to have more talents than just golf," said Myers.

In 2014, he took a role that he says has re-invigorated his outlook on golf.  He caddied full time for Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, on the Symetra Tour.

“Cheyenne’s passion for the game is what I wanted,” said Myers.  “I quickly realized I needed to change my priorities and focus to achieve success at its highest level in golf. I saw that in her."

2015 will be a new chapter for Woods when she becomes a full-time member of the LPGA Tour.  As Myers heads into competing on Big Break and enters 2015, he plans to channel Woods’ determination in taking that next step in her career as inspiration for him to do the same and make it to the PGA TOUR.