Most golfers know the term “Moving Day” as the Saturday of a tournament where only the players who have made the cut are left; the day in which those wanting any shot at the tournament title need to come in with a low number to put themselves in contention for the final round.
But for Zack Sucher and his wife, Courtney, “Moving Day” holds a completely different meaning this month.
The Suchers are in the midst of moving from their current one-bedroom apartment in Mobile, Ala., to a three-bedroom house in Birmingham, Ala.
The house was given to them by Courtney’s grandmother –now in an assisted living home – and is already paid in full. Zack and Courtney will simply have to pay the utility bill each month – a welcomed decrease in expenses and a much-appreciated increase in floor space.
“It was kind of a no-brainer. It will be great for Courtney to be closer to her family,” Zack said.
An attractive offer they thought too good to pass up, and with Zack traveling so much, it puts Courtney nearer her family who lives in a suburb just outside of Birmingham.
The Suchers had to put a little bit of handy-work into the house before it was move-in ready, such as repainting the inside walls and putting in new carpet. They also had a yard sale and sold a lot of Courtney’s grandmother’s things to make room for furnishings of their own.
And the timing of it all couldn’t be more perfect, either.
Courtney just celebrated her 26th birthday and now with a spacious house, she and Zack may start planning a family of their own sometime soon.
“If I didn’t play golf,' Zack said, 'we’d probably already have a couple little ones running around. Or at least one.”
Courtney’s birthday and the move into a new home aren’t the only things the Suchers celebrated lately. Zack had his best finish in professional golf to date three weeks ago at the Hooters Tour Charter Childhood Awareness Classic in Gainesville, Ga.
Sucher finished T-2 in a weather-shortened, two-day event and brought home a sizable $11,329 paycheck.
When asked if he was grateful for the rain, he felt indifferent on the subject.
“You always want a shot at winning, but it was nice to get a good-sized check. It’s really not all that bad and I can’t complain,” Zack said.
So what did the Suchers do to celebrate Zack’s first double-digit paycheck of the year and Courtney’s birthday?
Zack took his wife to dinner at California Dreaming, a favorite of theirs, where they treated themselves to seafood nachos, a salad for Courtney and a steak sandwich for Zack.
But the celebrating didn’t stop there.
“I took her to Forever 21 to get some summer clothes. She really liked that,” said Zack, explaining that he also spoiled his wife with some new clothes for her birthday.
The move to Birmingham is a return to the college town where Zack and Courtney met, dated and fell in love six years ago.
It’s also a return to the residence of one of the only swing coaches Zack has ever worked with – Eric Eshleman out of the Country Club of Birmingham.
“It will be really nice getting to see him. I’ll see him once a week now, absolutely,” said Zack.
And perhaps the timing of the Suchers’ move couldn’t be more perfect for Zack’s golf game, either.
Zack followed his T-2 finish in Georgia with a T-37 the subsequent week at a Hooters Tour event in Conover, N.C. Zack had the outright lead after Round 1 and was T-2 after the second round, but shot 80 on 'Moving Day' to fall into a tie for 20th. His Sunday round of 76 put him at T-37 for the tournament.
A move in the wrong direction, but good enough to earn him another paycheck, this one amounting to $1,524.
Finally starting to get a handle on his golf game, a return to working with Eshleman on a consistent basis will be of great benefit to Sucher.
Zack is currently in Northern California for the Nationwide Tour Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He tried to Monday qualify, but his 73 didn't cut it. He is first alternate, however, so he figured the trip cross-country was worth the chance of getting in. He won't know if he gets into the field until Thursday.
When he returns home to Alabama – whether it be on Thursday or Monday – Zack and Courtney willrent a U-haul, load it up and drive the three and a half hours to Birmingham tostart their new life.
Zack and Courtney’s “Moving Day” doesn’t have anything to do with moving up and down a leaderboard, but it does mean big changes on the horizon for their life as a couple and for Zack’s golf game.