Current Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
College: Cleveland State Community College; University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Home Golf Course: Gettysvue Polo Golf and Country Club; Willow Creek Golf Club, Knoxville, Tenn.
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Two-time All-American at Cleveland State Community College
- Holds three course records in Tennessee
- 61 – Signal Mountain Country Club
- 64 – Belle Meade
- 65 – Harpeth Hills
Tyler Neff has overcome plenty of obstacles and adversities during his career in continuing to pursue his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR. Whether it be financial constraints, external factors or family issues, he continues to remain focused on achieving his ultimate goal.
Introduced to the game by his father at age 4, Neff played several sports growing up, and switched full time to golf in high school. Recruited by several schools in the southeast, Neff’s goal was to be a member of the golf team at the University of Tennessee, and it was recommended to him to go the junior college route first. After two years at Cleveland State Community College, where he was a two-time All-American, he decided instead to enroll at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he successfully walked on to the team during his final two years.
Following graduation in 2008, he was determined to continue to pursue his dream of playing professional golf, and drove to Florida the day after graduation.
For the past few years, Neff has been focused on his journey to make it to the next stage of his professional career. He has competed on various mini tours throughout the southeast with moderate success, but also has struggled financially, and has not been afforded the opportunity to play a full schedule.
In 2012, citing a career change and a way to supplement his income for the future, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was subsequently medically discharged, a blow to him emotionally and physically.
“That was the hardest thing I have had to overcome,” said Neff. “I know that everything happens for a reason, it was just very hard for me to accept.”
In 2013, he was more determined than ever to give professional golf another shot. He worked several jobs to supplement his income and practiced as much as he could, playing a limited schedule. By 2014, he was ready to play a full schedule for the first time, and found success on the Hopkins and Swingthought.com Tours. Also in the summer of 2014, he got the phone call he was waiting for – he was selected to compete on Big Break.
On Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, Neff will look to channel that success in tournament play to potentially take that next big step in his professional career.