ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Jim Herman first met Donald Trump in 2006 when he was working as an assistant pro at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J.
“It was one of the few times I wasn’t his partner,” Herman said on Saturday at the RSM Classic.
Herman became the president-elect’s regular partner after that day, playing numerous rounds with him before Trump helped the journeyman pro find his way onto the PGA Tour in 2011.
“He wrote me some congratulatory notes along the way, he’s a lover of golf and he’s been a good friend of mine,” Herman said. “After the win [at the Shell Houston Open] I got a lot of notes from a lot of people, but his was a good one.”
Herman, who shot a third-round 66 on Saturday at Sea Island Resort to move into the top 15 at the year’s last official event, said he hasn’t been in contact with Trump since the election, but hoped to spend some time with him during the Tour’s December break.
“After this week I hope he comes to Florida for Thanksgiving and I can see him there and get a round with him,” Herman said. “His schedule is going to be pretty busy. I hope to get a word in and congratulate him. It’s a pretty amazing run for him.”