Big Break Mexico Competitor
Current Residence: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Home Course: Grande Oaks Golf Club, Davie, Fla.
College: Nova Southeastern University
- Individual medalist at the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship
- Five-time winner in college while at Nova Southeastern University
- Member of three-time Division II National Championship team at Nova Southeastern (2009, 2010, 2011)
- Finished T-4 at the Riviera Nayarit Classic in 2012, her best finish on the Symetra Tour
- Competing full time on the Symetra Tour
Compared to the majority of players on Big Break Mexico who focused on golf growing up, Taylor Collins is a late bloomer to the game, of sorts. Her father, who is “obsessed with golf,” first introduced her to the game at a young age, but Taylor had other plans. Basketball and soccer were her sports of choice. Her childhood dream was to be a professional basketball player.
That dream was short lived, she jokes. At 5’1”, she knew that advancing her basketball career past high school would be very difficult, so she switched her focus to golf. Once she switched, she knew she had two men in her life to count on to push her to be the best she could be: her father and his best friend, Hall-of-Fame instructor Bob Toski.
Toski, who first met Taylor when she was in elementary school, is the only golf coach Taylor has known. He gave Taylor her first set of lessons, and when she got serious about the game in high school, he worked with her full time to prepare for college golf and, ultimately, professional golf.
“Bob has taught me so much about not only golf, but also life,” explained Taylor. “He’s shown me so many practices on the golf course you can take and apply to your life. Bob has provided that for me over the years, and I am eternally grateful.”
Taylor turned down offers from several Division I schools and elected to enroll close to home at Nova Southeastern University. She won five collegiate tournaments while at Nova Southeastern, was a two-time member of the NCAA Division II National Championship team (2009, 2010), a 2011 All-American and an individual winner at the 2011 Division II National Championship.
She turned professional immediately following graduation and earned full status on the Symetra Tour for the 2012 season. Her third event in 2012 earned her a fourth place finish, but the rest of the season was one to forget.
“I am a stubborn person by nature and 2012 really frustrated me, but it was a good learning experience at the same time,” said Taylor. “We all are in the same boat, struggling to make ends meet and to get to kick start our careers.”
With Toski pushing her to be the best player she can be, Taylor just might be one to watch on Big Break Mexico.