Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Home Golf Course: Piedmont Driving Club
College: Wake Forest University
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Currently playing full time on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica
- Four-year-letterman at Wake Forest University, with six top-10 finishes
- Turned professional following graduation in 2013
- Won first professional victory on the 2013 Open Golf Atlanta Tour
Charlie Harrison believes that everything happens for a reason. That includes his participation on Big Break Myrtle Beach.
At a 2013 mini tour event, Harrison saw producers on the driving range interviewing potential contestants. Initially, he had no intention to audition.
“I had time to kill, so I figured, ‘Why not,’” said Harrison. “I hit some golf shots and sat down for an interview and didn’t really think anything of it.”
That was until he received the phone call that he had been cast as contestant on Big Break Myrtle Beach.
“It took me a little while for it to process that I was selected,” said Harrison. “Once I did, I just smiled and said, ‘God, it’s in your hands. Let’s go and enjoy the ride.’”
Harrison is a natural athlete. His father played college football at the University of Virginia and his grandfathers played college basketball. Growing up, baseball and basketball were Harrison’s first loves. Golf took center stage in high school, and he hasn’t looked back since.
“I love the game of golf and everything that it stands for,” said Harrison. “The sport teaches you so much about yourself and life. The fact that it is an individual sport, you have to hold yourself accountable. That is why I want to get better each and every day.”
Harrison earned First-Team All-State Honors all four years of high school, including capturing the high school state championship in Nevada his Sophomore year as well as the Nevada State Junior Championship. He earned a partial scholarship to Wake Forest University, turning down other scholarship offers to attend the school of his dreams.
“There was no better way for me to go through college than by playing golf for Jerry Haas and Dan Walters at Wake,” said Harrison. “I knew I needed to work hard, and the passion drove me to have a successful college career.”
Following graduation in 2013, Harrison turned professional. He advanced to the second stage of Web.com Q School, captured his first professional victory on the Open Golf Atlanta Tour and earned full status for the 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Tour.
“I’m blessed with the success I’ve had in golf over the years, and I feel like I’m just getting started,” said Harrison, who majored in Religion at Wake Forest. “I’m excited to test myself and face the pressure of Big Break.”
Everything happens for a reason.