Spalding University's Men's Golf coach uses military background as teaching tool

10/19/2016 07:07 PM

In his first year at Spalding, Micheal Carter has some unique coaching methods for the golf team.

“When we get on the course, I have a rule with them. So if they miss fairways it’s 10 push-ups from the tee box. If the miss greens from inside 120 yards, 125 yards lets say, it’s 10 push-ups on the fairway,” Carter said with a smile.

Carter is a United States Army and Navy veteran.

“I was a military brat. My dad was a Marine, my grandfather was a Marine, my other grandfather was in the Air Force- a little bit of everything,” Carter explained. “When I was 19 I joined the Navy because I needed to grow up, I needed to learn something to do.”

From 1998 until 2001, between his service, he was a professional golfer playing on tour.

“I got out of the golf business for awhile. Didn’t really feel like it was my calling at the moment. I had some other stuff going on,” Carter said.

He explained that his past began to haunt him and he needed to refocus himself and his career.

“I grew up, ya know, here and there. My mom was schizophrenic. I was homeless when I was a kid. I went through some real tough times. My grandma raised me a little bit,” Carter told cn|2. “I had my own spat with drugs and alcohol where I had a little bit of a rough go and then in 2003 I went through a separation from my ex-wife and I didn’t get to see my kids and I just- I didn’t really feel like doing much of anything to be honest.”

Carter went back to the only life he had really known- the military, enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving overseas in Kuwait. During his time overseas he played some intramural golf for fun.

“Got me back motivated to playing again and in 2009 when I came back out here after I got out of the Army and started playing again. It was fun. The problem is I have a wife and kids so traveling a lot without them was really rough,” Carter explained.

He knew he didn’t want to professionally tour, which eventually led him to his job coaching at Spalding. He hopes that he can take his life experiences and teach his players some non-golfing lessons along the way.

“I have a great group of guys that are all different ages, that are different nationalities, come from different backgrounds, you know, and if I could just give them a little bit of my experience and hope and make them not just better golfers, but better people, then that’s really what I want to do,” Carter added.

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