Big Break Mexico Competitor
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Profession: Professional Golfer
Jason Seymour is competing on Big Break Mexico with a heavy heart. His father, who introduced him to golf at age 3, passed away just prior to the filming of the series.
“Through all of my ups and downs, my dad always was there for me,” said Jason. “Everything I am today and how I have grown as a person, I owe to dad.”
Jason grew up in suburban Los Angeles. For Jason and his brother, golf was a way to escape the realities of everyday life and to further bond with his family. He and his brother would take buses from Venice to Westchester Golf Course, which allowed juniors to practice and play for free. His dad would join them for family rounds on the weekends.
“Looking back on those rounds with my dad and brother, that was the reason why I fell in love with the game in the first place,” said Jason. “Westchester had night lights on the driving range, and we would stay until they closed. The golf course was a way to keep us off of the streets and just enjoy our time together.”
Jason admits that he had a tough life growing up on the streets of Los Angeles, veering towards the wrong crowds by the time he was a teenager. He gives golf a lot of credit for always providing him with a “way out.”
“Golf was my way to tell my friends that I couldn’t partake in some of the really bad things that were going on around me,” said Jason.
While competing in junior golf tournaments, Seymour became acquainted with another talented junior golfer – Tiger Woods.
As talented as he was, Jason’s golf career did not follow a similar path as Tiger’s. After earning his GED and enrolling at Southern University on a full golf scholarship, Jason thought he was finally getting on the right path. An incident his sophomore year changed that, one of his many “reality checks” he has encountered. His roommate was shot and killed.
“That incident just brought me back immediately to the memories I had growing up in Los Angeles and what I was trying to get away from,” explained Jason.
Jason withdrew from school and initially wanted to remove himself from the game. He soon realized, however, that golf would be his saving grace. Suggestions from friends and family motivated him to give professional golf a shot and he began competing in mini-tour events throughout the country, with moderate success. He was just realizing his potential when he was hit with another reality check – a motorcycle accident in 2004 that nearly caused him to hang up the game for good.
Jason was in and out of the hospital for nearly a year and was sidelined for over a year-and-a-half. Mentally and physically, he hit rock bottom. When he finally returned to competition, he had no confidence. The game was not fun for him anymore. It was during this low stretch that he met his current wife while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. She became his biggest fan on and off the course, and through her support he began to turn his life around. He found his passion for the game and passion for life. He took a step back from golf to become a family man, all the while learning how to enjoy the game again by resuming golf weekends with his father.
Fast forward to 2012. Jason’s youngest son thought his dad should apply for Big Break and give professional golf one more try. So, he drove nearly seven hours to see if he could even get looked at during an open audition. When he ultimately received the call that he was to be cast on Big Break Mexico, his father was the first phone call made.
“My dad was my number-one fan in everything I did and supported me unconditionally through thick and thin,” says Jason. “Deciding to compete on Big Break Mexico was one of the hardest decisions I had to make, because it was only a few weeks after my dad passed. But I know he will be right there beside me, just like always has been and always will be.”