Q&A with Joey Garber
February 06, 2018
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- Joey Garber entered the Colombia Championship at No. 55 on the 2018 Web.com Tour money list. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
University of Georgia alum Joey Garber made a name for himself early in his professional career with a string of successes in Monday qualifiers for PGA TOUR events, but he struggled when it came to advancing through the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
That changed last fall, when the 26-year-old broke through the perennial roadblock known as Second Stage, then finished T30 at Final Stage to secure guaranteed starts in the first eight events of the 2018 Regular Season.
The Michigan native, who finished T17 at last week’s Panama Championship, spent a few minutes with PGA TOUR Digital to discuss an affinity for skiing, his experience attending the Houston Rodeo, playing the piano and more.
What’s your earliest golf memory?
My parents dropping me off at Boyne Highlands, back home in Michigan.
I think I was 3 or 4; they just gave me a putter, and I just sat on the green until my brothers were done with golf camp. I learned it on my own, and I started really early.
What’s the most memorable golf shot you’ve ever hit?
Gosh, my first hole-in-one was a big memory. I was 14 in a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier, so that was pretty cool, to do it in competition.
What’s your favorite course you’ve played?
Augusta National. My favorite hole is probably No. 13, because I like to draw the ball.
What’s the best University of Georgia football game you’ve attended?
I would like to say the (2018) national championship game, because I was just there, but the ending was tough (losing to Alabama in overtime). … I enjoyed the Mississippi State game this year; it was fun.
What’s your favorite thing to do to get away from golf?
I like to play other sports … basketball, pickup games, whatever. Skiing … I love to ski. Just a lot of different sports activities.
What’s the best ski trip you’ve been on?
We went to Sun Valley Resort (in Idaho) last year with Davis Love and his family, and that was incredible.
I grew up in northern Michigan, and there was a mountain like 15 minutes from my house, so my whole family skied, and all my friends.
What’s the most unique experience you’ve had outside of sports?
I went to that Houston Rodeo a couple of years ago … that place is insane, insane, so that was a lot of fun. A little different world. I had never been to a rodeo before, so it was eye-opening, for sure.
What’s your perfect post-victory meal?
Probably some ribs and some fries.
I like The Revivalists.
Did you play a musical instrument as a kid?
I played the piano. My mom made me play until I was 13, and then when I was 13, I was out. The one that I can still play is ‘Hey Jude,’ so I’d say that’s my go-to.
Are you a Beatles fan?
I do love The Beatles. My favorite songs ... ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’
and I’ll just say ‘Hey Jude.’
If you couldn’t be a golfer, what would you be doing?
I’ve always dreamed of being an architect, so maybe a golf course architect.
What would be your golf course philosophy, as a designer?
Hard. Short, quirky, plot your way around … and a lot of trouble.
Which Sea Island player do you least like to go up against in a money game?