J.J. Spaun may be one of the best golfers you’ve never heard of. At No. 17 in
the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the San Diego State junior has cemented his
position in the top tier of amateur golf. His most recent success came at this
year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links where Spaun advanced to the quarterfinals
before losing to Harris English 2 and 1. He also finished T3 in the 2011 NCAA
Division I Men’s Golf Championship and posted a T20 at the Sunnehanna
Amateur earlier this summer.
ABOVE AND BEYOND.
BIRTHDATE August 21, 1990
BIRTHPLACE Los Angeles
LOVE TO TRADE PLACES WITH FOR A DAY Rob Dyrdek (professional skateboarder).
SUPERSTITIONS Only wear black and red Jordan socks on final rounds.
ON MY iPOD Game, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Brotha Lynch and Wiz Khalifa.
FAVORITE FOOD Sigma Pi burrito from Trujillo’s Taco Shop.
BIGGEST FEAR Getting dunked on by B.G.
SHOT I LOVE TO PRACTICE 7-iron fade.
WORDS TO LIVE BY C.R.E.A.M.
DREAM FOURSOME Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods
and Bryan Martin.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Chipping.
FAVORITE CLUB 60-degree wedge.
FAVORITE GOLFER Tiger Woods.
BEST GOLF TIP Don’t care if you miss.
FAVORITE COURSE San Diego CC.
BALL MARKER Delaware quarter.
FAVORITE NON-GOLF ATHLETE Kobe Bryant.
HIDDEN TALENT Play the guitar.
FAVORITE MOVIE “Pineapple Express.”
AGE I FIRST BROKE 70 14.
LOWEST ROUND EVER 64.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
DRIVER Nike VR 9 degrees, 3-WOOD Nike VR 13 degrees,
HYBRID Nike VR 18 degrees, IRONS Nike VR (4-PW), WEDGES
Nike VR Wedges (50, 54 and 60 degrees), PUTTER Nike Method
001, BALL Titleist Pro V1x.
Major Dan Rooney is an F- 16 fighter
pilot, a decorated war veteran with
three combat tours of duty in Iraq
and a respected PGA Professional. He
combines all of his skills, passion for
the game and experience in leading
his mission, the Folds of Honor
Foundation. Since founding Folds of
Honor in 2007 and promoting it
through Patriot Golf Day, Dan has
helped raise more than $8 million.
The Foundation inspires hope by
providing academic scholarships to
over 1,500 children or spouses of
troops killed or wounded in Iraq and
Afghanistan. A collegiate player at the
University of Kansas, he is now part
owner of Grand Haven in Michigan and
The Patriot in Oklahoma. Dan is living
proof of what can be achieved through
heart and determination. We salute
Dan and all the PGA Professionals who
give back by going above and beyond.