Current Residence: Charleston, S.C.
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
College: Delta State University
Home Golf Course: Hillcrest Golf Club, St. Paul, Minn.
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Four-year letterman at Delta State University, recording multiple top-10 finishes
- All-State during his sophomore, junior and senior years in high school in Minnesota. Also was named All-Conference four years
- Won 2004 AA State Championship senior year in high school
Brandon Hartzell was first introduced to golf in the second grade, and hasn’t looked back since.
Growing up in Minnesota, where golf is a seasonal sport, Hartzell would look for opportunities to play year round. A multi-sport athlete growing up, golf became more of an outlet for Hartzell. He credits this with him learning to appreciate the game.
In the summers, he would be the first person on the golf course and the last one to leave. He played in junior tournaments in Minnesota in high school, winning several tournaments. Recruited by several Division I and Division II schools, including the University of Minnesota, he signed with Delta State University in Mississippi. Going to a southern school and having the opportunity to play golf year-round was appealing to Hartzell.
After recording three top-five finishes in his first three collegiate events, his scores during his four years at Delta State did not live up to his initial expectations. He lost his confidence on the golf course, and admits he did not focus on his game as much as he should have.
“I lived the college life,” recalled Hartzell. “However, I knew I was better than what my scores were posting, but I didn’t give it my all because I enjoyed college and I was too frustrated with my swing.”
Following graduation in 2009, Hartzell shifted his focus to golf. He didn’t want to have any “What if?” questions lingering about his golf game. He moved to San Diego to play on the mini tours and quickly learned finances were going to be difficult. Eventually, through a mutual friend, he was introduced to the director of golf at Kiawah Island in Charleston, S.C.
The timing was perfect for Hartzell. Then, in 2010, he was involved in a car accident, where he broke his hand in two spots. Forced to shut down competitive golf to recover, his dedication shifted to working in the golf industry and saving money to eventually fund his dream of one day reaching the PGA TOUR.
Hartzell knows he has the talent to reach the PGA TOUR, but has not had the opportunity to devote 100 percent of his time to honing his craft. All of that could change as a result of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL.
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Hartzell. “If anyone needs a Big Break, it is me. I hope this will give me the chance to put 100 percent of my time towards golf.”