The Early Years--- Donnie started playing the game of golf in the summer of '70 with his father Bill . They would visit the Baltimore Colts practice center at Westminster College playing catch with the Shula kids and watching Johnny Unitas work out with the team. After the 2nd round Donnie was hooked and began playing daily at the VFW 9 hole course just outside his hometown of Frederick, Md.
Great relationships were formed on the Frederick High golf team and a State Championship was won in '74 his Jr. year. Donnie helped organize a college scholarship event for area kids every summer at the VFW with the help of so many members and friends of the Club.
Jacksonville University -- Being a fairly observant youngster Donnie realized it gets cold in Maryland and enrolled at Jacksonville University in the fall of '75. With the combination of his great coach and mentor Rollie Rourke, a talented team and excellent courses to play Donnie now had the platform for improvement. His team won 2 Sun Belt Conference Championships with Donnie taking the individual title his senior year by 6 strokes. Donnie almost left school after 2 years to pursue an aviation career but luckily Rollie saw potential and persuaded Donnie to stay and not give up on his dream of playing pro golf. Donnie later got his pilots license and instrument rating and flew his plane on Tour for years.
PGA Tour --- Donnie qualified for the PGA Tour at the '82 Qualifying tournament winning by a record 14 strokes. After a few mediocre years his breakthrough came at the '86 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic with a playoff win over John Cook. A few months later at the '86 Masters Donnie found himself 1 shot off the lead entering the final round before Jack Nicklaus shot 65 and won in spectacular form. Donnie finished with a 74 and tied for 11th. Another win followed in '89 at the Texas Open in San Antonio . Rounds of 65-64-65-64 took the title by 7 strokes and a 258 total was the 2nd lowest 72 hole score in PGA Tour history. A 2nd place finish the next week at Disney World helped Donnie become the PGA Tour Player of the Month for October. Great times were had in the mountains of Vail, Colorado competing in the Jerry Ford Invitational with Donnie eventually being crowned Co-Champion 3 times. So many fond memories of beautiful working conditions, fantastic people associated with the game and the best Tour in golf made for a very lucky man.