It is a story with overtones and elements of Faith, Hope, Love, Forgiveness, Victories and Defeats, Good Choices and Bad Choices as well as a story of Restoration and Recovery. I was born July 3rd 1963 in Bellville, N.J. I grew up in a modest lower middle class family where both parents worked full time to make ends meet. I have a slightly younger sibling, Veronica Egidio (who I am very proud of, she is a school teacher for severely disabled children and holds a Master’ as well as an advanced education degree in Education).
We moved to Las Vegas, NV in the summer of 1969, I was 5 years old at the time. While growing up in Las Vegas, I was introduced to golf at the age of 5 and had a passion for practicing every day. By the time I was 10 years old I won the first State (Nevada) sanctioned junior golf tournament in my age group. Throughout my younger years and into my teenage years, my passion for competitive golf grew and I found myself playing on a national level in the Junior World golf tournament as well as the Disney World Junior Qualifer, Insurance Youth Classic and the Pepsi Junior Qualifier.
By the time I turned 14 years old and before I reached my sophomore year of high school, I was playing golf with a 4 handicap, by the time I was 13 I started to encounter some difficult times with my father’s severe verbal, physical and mental abuse (I forgave my father for his paternal short comings in 2002, 10 years prior to his death in 2012). This took the “wind out of my sails” for golf. In fact, by the time I was 14 years old I started to experiment with marijuana. By the time I got to my sophomore year of high school, I played one year on the high school golf team and made the #1 spot, but after that I did not have the motivation or determination to play golf anymore and I quit competitive junior golf and High School Golf for good.