Long before I had a successful restaurant business, I started a whole new family entertainment industry. Before I built one of the fastest-growing companies in the chauffeured car industry and started and sold an e-commerce business. I was selling t-shirts for $20 a pop out of the trunk of my mom’s car in high school.
When I graduated high school in 1991, I had just finished 3rd in the Junior World Championships. I had earned a full-ride golf scholarship to UCLA while paying the mortgage on our home from t-shirt sales and hosting parties. I was also living on my own for the first time, and boy was I making bad decisions. I was partying nightly and letting my grades slip and losing the discipline my mother had instilled in me (and my shot at getting into Stanford), but I kept making money through all of this.
I didn’t have any money to launch my golf career, but thankfully I had a golfing buddy who wasn’t very good and needed me as his horse to ride as we both liked to gamble on the course. If it weren’t for Buck Owens giving me enough money to make it through the year you wouldn’t be reading this long drawn out story.
I took the leap, turned professional, and was still getting my ass kicked by a teenager that had been kicking my ass since he was nine years old (Tiger Woods). I had a pretty good run for five years, but this 9-year-old turned into an 18-year-old and then a 21-year-old who won the 1997 Masters by 11 shots.