A Mt. Pleasant native, Ryan can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a PGA TOUR player. He spent his early days playing golf with his dad, uncles and grandparents and to this day appreciates the influence they had on his life.
Ryan dominated the amateur golf scene in Michigan, and his career took him to play collegiately at Michigan State University. As a team, MSU won 3 BIG 10 Championships during his time as a student athlete.
His first win as a professional came at the 2009 Michigan Open Championship while playing predominately on the mini-tour circuit.
He defended his title in 2010, and shortly thereafter the opportunity arose for him to return to his alma matter in a coaching role. Coaching was short lived, and Ryan rededicated himself to his playing career in 2012.
A third Michigan Open victory in June, 2013 kept the winning momentum going. After spending two years in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour, a top 5 finish at Q-school in the fall of 2015 graduated him to the Web.com Tour.
Ryan went on to win the final event of the 2016 Web.com Tour season, The WinCo Foods Portland Open. This secured him a PGA TOUR card, a lifelong dream.
Life off the course
Ryan and his wife, Chelsey, still call northern Michigan home. They spend their downtime with friends and family, boating on the Great Lakes, grilling out and enjoying the change of seasons.
Childhood weekends spent at the family farm are probably the reason clearing trees and splitting wood are also near the top of Ryan’s favorite activity list.
He was lovingly dubbed ‘the lumberjack’ by his college teammates, and has since expanded his repertoire to include leaf blowing and snow plowing.