About Tim Simpson – From PGA Tour Veteran to Top Golf Instructor
Tim Simpson was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia and has been playing professional golf for over 3o years. He started playing golf at age 7 and fondly recalls the many golf rounds with his father while growing up. “My father would always say; “Son, let the club do the work.” ensuring that I swung the club within my means, focusing on accuracy instead of distance.”
Tim went on to win the Atlanta Jr. and Ga. Junior titles before attending the University of Ga. where he would become an “All American”. Tim joined the PGA Tour in 1977, and went on to win the 25 and under “World Companionship” in France in 1982. It wouldn’t be until 1985 before he’d win his first PGA Tour event. He had tremendous years in both 1989 and 1990, winning three more times and losing two sudden-death playoffs during those two years. All the while leading the PGA Tour with an amazing twenty top-ten finishes.
The 1991 season started off strong for Tim unaware that his life and career would soon change forever. While on a hunting trip after the Masters, Tim contracted Lyme’s disease from multiple tick bites. His health declined rapidly and he developed a tremor in his left hand. Having lost over 80% of his large muscle-strength and shaking uncontrollably, Tim was forced to retire from competition.
“There is a silver lining in most clouds.” says Tim with a smile. “I got to spend a lot more time with my wife and children. People often see the PGA Tour’s more glamorous side, never realizing that we’re away from our families for extended periods of time. For instance your child only goes to kindergarten for the first time once and you may be on the other side of the country playing in a tournament unable to be there.” A couple years ago one of Tim’s daughters won Homecoming Queen and he was in Birmingham at a tournament. “I would have loved to have been there to walk her out and to have shared in her joy but I was unable too. It’s not all glamor, believe me.”
An avid outdoorsman, Tim developed a love-affair with archery and bow hunting years ago. Shying away from the high-tech modern compound bows and instead choosing traditional archery may be considered a step backwards to some, but he thrives on its challenges.
Tim shoots both Longbows and recurves. “It’s like throwing a rock; you simply focus on your target and throw the rock. I absolutely love watching an arrow fly,” says Tim. “Shooting is much like my golf I get totally immersed in the solitude of practicing alone.”
Tim’s successful comeback to the Champions Tour following brain surgery allowed him an excellent platform in which to help others with neurological diseases. A wonderful friendship developed between Tim and actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. They partnered annually in the Outback Steakhouse Pro Am in Tampa, Fl. “Mike’s courage and mission to cure Parkinson’s disease is profound.” says Tim. “Mike has made a big impact on my life. The Michael J Fox foundation is doing amazing research to cure Parkinson’s.”
In 2009 Tim became actively involved with “Our Wounded Warriors”. He continues to play in Wounded Warrior Golf Days to raising awareness and showing his appreciation to our wounded servicemen for their sacrifices they’ve made for our country.
In 2009 Tim became actively involved with “Our Wounded Warriors”. He continues to play in Wounded Warrior Golf Days to raising awareness and showing his appreciation to our wounded servicemen for their sacrifices they’ve made for our country. He remains a tremendous supporter of our Armed Forces as well. In 2009 Tim spent ten days in Iraq entertaining the US Forces. Tim calls it, ‘The greatest trip of his life.’ “The dedication and professionalism of our troops as well as their willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our country is beyond my comprehension.” Tim says.
At the end of the 2011 Champions Tour season Tim chose to retire from competition. He spends his time between his native Georgia and his Rocky Mountain home in western Montana. Tim continues to share his wealth of knowledge about the game of golf to students of all ages; through corporate golf outings and private golf instruction.
From legendary PGA tour ball striker to his nearly 50 years of being a student of the game, makes Tim the top golf instructor available today. Tim is also a sought-after motivational speaker, sharing his belief that dreams can be achieved through perseverance and determination and that quitting is not an option!