Team Rice Bios
Current Residence: Folsom, Calif.
Hometown: River Pines, Calif.
Home Course: Sevillano Links Golf Club
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Big Break Greenbrier Competitor (2012, eliminated 10th)
- Turned professional in 1999.
- Finished in the top-10 on the 2012 Pepsi Tour money list.
- Motto: “Be. Do. Have.” Applies this motto both on and off the golf course.
Personal: Diagnosed with “Gigantism” in high school. Father of two – one daughter and one son.
Since Big Break Greenbrier…
Life has been a whirlwind for Isaac Sanchez since reaching the semifinals on Big Break Greenbrier. He has focused on improving all facets of his golf game, and also lost 60 pounds to get himself into shape. In addition to competing full time on the mini-tour circuit and the Pepsi Tour, Isaac is hosting charity fundraising events for causes that are near and dear to him, including the recent “Swinging with Sasquatch” fundraising tournament benefiting men and women of the military and their families.
“Big Break Greenbrier was one of the greatest experiences in my life,” said Isaac. “More than ever, it taught me that I can hang with the big boys. I’m pushing towards my goal harder than ever, which is to compete on the PGA TOUR.”
BIG BREAK GREENBRIER BRIEF BIO
On what has prevented you from reaching the next level in professional golf:
“What has prevented me from going to the next level is money. As great as I have done, I live paycheck to paycheck or tournament to tournament. I haven’t had the ability to sign up months ahead for a national tour, much less put the $5,000-plus up for Q-School.”
What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in your life?
“The biggest challenge I overcame was a brain tumor in high school. The tumor caused me to grow to the height I am now and also caused many of the joint and back problems I have now. Going through this taught me to realize how fortunate I am. When I was in the hospital having the tumor removed, I was surrounded by young children with terminal illnesses who were never going to leave the hospital. It taught me to be grateful for what I have and that things are never as bad as they seem.”
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