Current Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
College: Troy University
Home Golf Course: Greystone Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.
Profession: Professional Golfer; Assistant Golf Professional at Greystone Country Club
- Won the 2014 Dixie PGA Section Assistant Championship
- Two professional wins in 2014
- Four-year letterman at Troy University, team captain senior year
Zach Portemont is riding a wave of momentum heading into Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. On Sept. 2, 2014, Portemont was hoisting the trophy and the first-prize check for winning the Dixie PGA Section Assistant Championship, highlighted by a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win by two strokes.
One week later, he flew to West Palm Beach to compete in the series.
“That win gave me a lot of confidence going into Big Break, and proved to me that my hard work is paying off,” said Portemont, who underwent a complete swing overhaul in 2014.
Portemont’s journey to Big Break is unique. He sums up his journey to reach his dream to make it to the PGA TOUR by one word: Perseverance.
Growing up, he was not afforded the opportunities to play golf as much as he would have liked. A member of a family-owned traveling carnival, he played very limited junior golf. However, it was a sport that he was passionate about, and played anywhere and anytime he could. He knew that he wanted to be a professional golfer at a young age, and was determined to make that a reality.
While his junior golf experience was relatively limited, it did not come without success, and college coaches took notice. He signed with Troy State University and was a member of the golf team for four years, earning a major in Sport and Fitness Management and a minor in Exercise Science and Physiology.
Following graduation in 2011, he turned professional. Knowing that finances were going to be tough he worked several jobs to make ends meet, including as a fitness instructor, golf instructor and pressure washer. Unfortunately, expenses outweighed the results, and Portemont went bankrupt. He put his PGA TOUR aspirations on hold to work full time. Over the past three years, he has and continues to work in several jobs – golf instructor, bouncer at a bar on the weekends, and starting up a mobile detailing business – to supplement his income.
Where does playing golf fit into this picture? “It really doesn’t,” joked Portemont. “I find time to practice and train whenever I can, but there are just so many hours in the day.”
Which makes his victory at the Dixie PGA Section Assistant Championship that much more impressive. Portemont knows he has the potential. He is hoping Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL will open doors for him and give him the opportunity to dedicate 100 percent of his time to golf.