Big Break Indian Wells Competitor
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Current Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Home Course: Royal Regina Golf Club, Saskatchewan, Canada
Profession: Golf Professional
Confident and Athletic. That sums up Kent Eger’s personality on and off the golf course. Raised in a golfing family, Kent was introduced to the game at a young age by his father and grandfather, and started tagging along with his older brother to weekend tournaments and outings.
Born and raised in Canada, golf was not Kent’s first Love – his sports of choice were hockey, basketball and soccer. When his father passed away when he was in ninth grade, however, his attitude changed. His focus on school dwindled, and his motivation to continue playing competitive sports faded.
“Golf was the only thing that I kept doing and that I enjoyed after my father passed away,” said Kent. “It became really the only thing I truly enjoyed in life.”
At age 16, he realized that he might have a future in golf. “It just clicked, to the point where I told myself, ‘I actually enjoy this, and, well, I’m pretty good at it.’”
After high school, he moved to British Columbia to work at various at ski resorts. “The location turned out to be a golf mecca,” said Kent. “It was the best move I made. The golf pros saw potential in me, and helped me improve my game to the point where I decided that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
At 25, he turned professional and moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to compete on the Gateway Tour and the Canadian Tour. He has recorded five victories on the Gateway Tour, two victories on the Canadian Tour and also Monday-qualified for the 2010 U.S. Open.
He is expecting bigger things in 2011. His goal is to win multiple major championships. Big Break Indian Wells could be his first step towards achieving that goal.