Current Residence: Shelburne, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Shelburne, Ontario, Canada
Home Golf Course: Shelburne Golf Course
College: University of Hartford; Kent State University
Profession: Professional Golfer
- 2008 Honorable Mention All-American at Kent State University
- Represented Canada twice in International amateur team competition
- Ranked as high as 12th in the Royal & Ancient World Amateur Golf Rankings (June, 2008)
- Monday qualified for the PGA TOUR’s 2012 RBC Canadian Open
- Currently playing on PGA TOUR Canada
When talking to Dave Markle about his golf career or his life off the golf course, this word will come up more often than not. Markle’s career to date has been full of ups and downs, but he believes everything in life happens for a reason. Obstacles that come his way are not challenges, but “opportunities.”
“Everything that I have been through in life has shaped me into who I am today,” said Markle.
Diagnosed with Type I Diabetes three years ago in 2011, Markle’s life was completely changed. No longer was he just a professional golfer trying to make it through the various mini tours to get to the PGA TOUR. He learned he would be living with Diabetes for the rest of his life.
“Being diagnosed was an ‘Ah-ha’ moment for me,” recalled Markle. It changed my entire outlook on life for the better.”
Markle refused to let his diagnosis get the better of him. Through life experiences, he has continually turned negatives into positives. It’s all part of the “Progress,” as he likes to put it. He studied up on Diabetes, and was determined to become a healthier Dave Markle going forward.
That focus and passion to better himself has paid dividends. In 2012, he Monday qualified for the RBC Canadian Open by shooting a 66 in the qualifier. Competing alongside the game’s best validated his desire to walk the fairways week-in and week out on the PGA TOUR. That year he also turned in his best finish as a professional –T8 in the Canadian Tour Championship on the PGA TOUR Canada circuit. He continues to play on the mini tour circuit and PGA TOUR Canada.
Playing in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open also triggered a new passion – using golf to spread awareness about Diabetes.
For the past two years, Markle has been an ambassador for the Canadian Diabetes Association. This summer, he took time away from competitive golf to put together a fundraiser at his home course in Canada, Shelburne Golf Course, to raise awareness for Diabetes and money to send kids to D-camps, camps for kids with Type-1 Diabetes.
“Golf has a different meaning for me now,” said Markle. “It is a platform where opportunities can come about to help educate others about Diabetes and to live a healthy life.
“I have balance in my life now,” Markle continued. “I’m blessed to be able to play golf for a living and help people at the same time. Becoming a global ambassador for Diabetes by playing the European Tour is what I have my sights on.”
Big Break Myrtle Beach just might be Markle’s next chapter in his ‘Progress’ in hoping to walk the fairways on the European Tour.