Meyer chasing his dream
Like a lot of us, Travis Meyer has been wanting to head south for awhile now.
But it's not just the weather that's drawing Meyer to warmer climes. After compiling a stellar golf resume in Wisconsin at the high school, college and amateur level, Meyer is ready to give professional golf a try.
"It's what I've wanted to do since high school," the 2003 River Falls High School graduate said. "My parents always taught me that if you work hard enough, good things will happen. So far in my life that's happened to me. As long as I keep working hard and don't give up, there's no reason it can't happen."
Meyer was a member of the Wildcats' very first state championship team in 2002 when he shared the individual state title with then-teammate and current University of Wisconsin golfer Tyler Obermueller.
He went on to play four years at UW-Green Bay, earning a spot on the All-Horizon League team his senior season in 2008.
In between he won the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) Best Ball championship twice -- in 2004 with former Wildcat teammate Neil Johnson and in 2008 with former UW-GB teammate Brady Mork.
He is a two-time qualifier to the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, in 2006 and 2007, and in 2007 won the WSGA State Amateur Golf Championship. He finished 36th at last year's Wisconsin State Open.
Now he wants to see if he can make a living at the game he loves.
"I think the fact that I kept getting better, and continued getting better, was big," he said about his decision to pursue professional golf. "Then I won the state amateur. I don't think I'm capable of playing on the PGA Tour right now, but I know if I keep practicing and getting better, it will be inevitable."
Meyer plans on moving to North Carolina at the end of April. He has a number of tournaments lined up, including the Hooters Carolina Series, the Carolinas Pro Tour and a U.S. Open and Nationwide Tour qualifier, in his first month.
He'll return to Wisconsin to play in two Chippewa Valley Golf Association tournaments in June before marrying his high school sweetheart, Cassie Maxon, on July 4. Then it's back to North Carolina to hit the circuit hard again.
"The main tour is the Tar Heel Tour. It's a very lucrative mini-tour," he said. "The leading money winner last year made over $100,000."
Meyer said he chose North Carolina over Arizona because of its proximity to the east coast.
"Geographically, it's close to many Nationwide Tour events out east," he said. "Ultimately my goal is not to play mini-tours forever. And to fly to Nationwide events is not economically sound. And it's a place I can play all year long."
While Meyer plans on playing in as many tournaments as he can, he said a lot will depend on whether he can come up with some of the costly entry fees. He said he's in the process of looking for financial sponsors and investors to help him with the transition.
"Any type of help would be appreciated," he said.
Since graduating from UW-GB in the spring of 2008, Meyer has been working as a project manager at Sajan in the River Falls corporate park. He said he enjoys his job but feels he has to give professional golf a shot.
"Working 9-5 is definitely a motivating factor for me," he said. "Nothing against Sajan, but I'm going to make every effort to make sure I don't sit behind a desk the rest of my life."
Meyer said anyone wishing to help him as a sponsor or investor can e-mail him at email@example.com.