Vern Burns-Professional Golfer: Newest Phenomenon Since Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie

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(April 17, 2006 excerpts from Sportmavericks, Smarttalk for Athletestm interview). "At the age of 48, Vern Burns can drive a golf ball 300 yards at will. He has a silky smooth putting stroke, and a fascinating short game. Vern is a complete athlete. Vern has the potential to play at any level. It is Vern's commitment, focus, determination and tenacity that will continues to set Vern apart from his younger competition." -- Herb Triplett, Vern Burns' golf coach for three years.

the African American Golfer's Digest.

At the age of 48, Vern Burns is competing for a spot on the PGA sanctioned Nationwide Tour. Vern Burns is the only man in Golf History, to take up the game of golf for the first time at the age of 37, and shot his first par in seven months, and play his way to a professional tour in seven years.

Prior to picking up golf on a friend's dare, Vern Burns enjoyed a successful career as a telecommunication engineer for 28 years. The meteoric rise of Vern Burns to professional golf is featured in the cover story of the Spring 2006 publication of "the African American Golfer's Digest." (http://www.African American Golfers

In 2001, Vern Burns was the Charlie Pelham Memorial Champion, The Marriott Partners Tournament Champion, and the Disney MBE Golf Classic Champion. In 2003, Vern advanced to the Cadillac Classic Series Professional tour, and recently in 2005, Vern brought home the Florida A&M/Bethune-Cookman Classic Champion Trophy

Vern Burns as a late bloomer to professional golf is redefining the sport like none before him. The Senior PGA Tour has always produced a variety of late bloomers, who claimed spots on the PGA Tour with little or no experience like Dana Quigley, Jim Holtgrieve, Walter Hall and Steve Veriato to name a few. There are also some notable late bloomers like Calvin Peete and Brandel Chamblee, who played professional golf in their twenties and did not win a PGA Tour until they were 36.

Unlike Peete and Chamblee, Vern Burns never picked up a golf club until he was 37. Burns contributes his early success in Professional Golf to a 1996 private golf lesson that he had with Earl Woods, Tiger Woods' father. According to Burns, Earl truly inspired him to play and he recognized Burns' early commitment to become one of America's greatest golfers. In addition, Vern Burns has also received some assistance from sponsors like Desente Gold, Club Glove, Dilla Golf and Cleveland Golf to lower the cost of financing his new career.

Vern continues to defy the odds at the age of 48, as he competes for a spot on the PGA sanctioned Nationwide tour against individual golfers half his age. This is what Sports Writers all around the world are calling "The Vern Burns Phenomenon!"

Contact Author: Ida R. Muorie by emailing (sportmavericks @ or call 941-228-4288. Ms. Muorie is a sport talk show host, motivation speaker, life skill consultant, sport advocate and published author.

Golf Sponsorship Opportunities are still available for Vern Burns. You may contact Vern directly by emailing Vern ( or by calling for more information (352) 361-1191.

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