Sam Phillips was a country club pro in Florida for six years and has interacted with PGA and LPGA Tour golfers, but now he has come with his family to BYU-Idaho to achieve his goal.
“I want to be a golf coach at Baker University,” said Phillips, a junior studying history. “I like history, and it is kind of a passion of mine, but I have had a path laid out for me, and I’m just following it.”
Phillips said that after serving a mission in Orlando, Florida, he went back to Florida and became the head golf professional at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
Phillips said he caddied off and on for PGA Tour players Hunter Mahan and Michael Henderson, as well as LPGA Tour player Brittany Lang. He said he went to high school with Mahan and Lang. He also said Henderson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mahan has 6 PGA Tour wins, and Lang has an LPGA Tour victory as well, according to the PGA and LPGA Tour websites.
“I was working about 80 hours per week, and we decided that wasn’t the best for the family with little ones,” Philips said. “I got a prompting I needed
Phillips said he then moved to Utah and was a golf representative. He said he covered Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona.
“I was gone for four weeks at a time and then home for two weeks and decided that wasn’t better,” Phillips said. “We then got the prompting to go back to school, and we decided on BYU-I.”
Phillips said he enjoys golf at BYU-I, and it has a great, friendly atmosphere.
“There are a lot of different levels of players here,” Phillips said. “It is fun to watch them all grow and compete. It has been great to work with them and develop great friendships.”
Phillips said he really appreciates Teton Lakes for working so well with the golf teams and that he thinks the course is managed and runs well. He also said the third hole on the middle fork of the course is his favorite hole. He said it is a par 5, and he has three eagles on that hole.
“Our team is the Hawks, and we are undefeated,” Phillips said. “I don’t see that changing.”
Phillips said his favorite memories of golf have been playing with his dad and running his golf course.
“Running my golf course will always be a lasting memory because I got so close with all of the members and my employes,” Phillips said. “I devoted all my time and attention to it.”
Phillips said his favorite golf course is the Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Florida.