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Matt’s parents moved from Maumee to

Lambertville, Michigan to enroll Matt in the

Ida School for the Deaf and fitted him with

high-output digital hearing aids. The school

taught him to communicate, as well as, talk,

and mainstreamed him with other students.

Matt played several sports growing up including

hockey. He began playing golf as a seven-year-

old with his father and started competing in

tournaments as a 13-year-old. He happened

to read a book forwarded by Tiger Woods,

which motivated him to never give up. It

challenged him to always be the best he could

be and not let outside forces bring him down.

Through his high school years, he competed on

the golf team and became the only deaf golfer

to play for the school. He received several

awards including, most improved, MVP and

the Coaches award. He earned a Varsity letter

and was Medalist of the LCAA Championship.

Golf became an escape and a therapy. It

allowed him hours of solitude practicing and

playing golf, free from social abuse and the

effort of trying to understand an unfriendly


Matt continued to learn and completed his

secondary education at Owens Community


In 2006, he received a cochlear implant,

which allowed him improved communication

skills. It not only made him more socially

adept, but he became able hear the sound

of the golf ball striking the club. As every

golfer knows the sound is what distinguishes

the perfect shot from the not so perfect.

After graduation from high school, Matt met

professional golfer, B.J. Pitzen, while working

at the Legacy by Arthur Hills. Pitzen hired Matt

as his caddie while competing on the NGA

Tour, as well as, various mini tours around the

country. Matt earned a valuable education,

while traveling and playing golf for a living.

Using what he learned from watching top-

notch professionals, his own game improved

and he qualified to join the NGA (Hooters)

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