Sponsorships

Dear potential sponsor:

Ever since starting the game of golf at the age of eight, I knew there was something different about the sport. I’ve learned many valuable lessons while participating in tournaments all across the United States and the world. The lessons made apparent to me hinged on honesty, integrity, perseverance and courage. I have been blessed to acquire values such as hard-work, drive and faith from people who’ve been my role models. Most of all, God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ have inspired me to live each day as a gift.  

After giving my heart fully to Jesus Christ shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, I discovered a new purpose in my life. I replaced the pursuit of fame and financial gain with the goals of doing God’s will in every aspect of my life.  Deciding to choose Christ’s blood and receiving it as a gift from above has opened up doors for me to a realm that is never-ending. The decision to follow the Lord in everything has also met opposition and criticism from family, friends and strangers. After being baptized at Victory Church, a Lakeland Assembly of God church, in 2005, my wife (Jessica) and I met that day in the baptismal service.  We eventually became close friends and then started dating about a year and a half later.  We married one another at Victory on December 20, 2008 after a year-long engagement. The Lord provided a way for me to pay for the ring by making enough money playing tournaments but I also wanted to provide a stable home for her using my career as the means. Unfortunately, my expenses outweighed my income during the 2009 season, and I had to take a temporary break from tournament golf in the fall of that same year. I received the first teaching job I looked for in November at our local public high school in Lakeland, FL.  
 
Teaching English at Lakeland High School for the duration of the 2009-2010 school-year gave me a new perspective on my future. In retrospect, I’m very glad that I finished my college education at Florida Southern College in 2004 with a Secondary Education and English writing degree. I was able to provide for my family in a time of financial need, and I used my backup plan to do that. Also, I learned valuable insight into watching over young adults and applying discipline, which is very important to me. I want to be able to raise my son, Caleb, and daughter, Anaiah, in the Word of God and discipline them in a loving manner. All the while, I intend to keep God first, my wife second, my children third, my family & close friends fourth and my career fifth.  Even though I’ve learned that these priorities can get quickly out of whack on tour, I know that having these priorities in order is of the utmost importance. Teaching and working as a part-time sports writer have given me a deeper drive to pursue my passion and love for playing the game of golf competitively at a high level. I've made myself available to teaching the game to both adults and children alike. The teaching side of the game is exhilarating because a teacher gets more out of the time together with the student than the pupil does. Teachers are able to learn how to teach a new individual and relearn the process of hitting a particular golf shot at the same time.
  
Thankfully, I come from a big family out of Toledo, Ohio that always stressed the importance of being together.  My wife is also from a huge family that has put a premium on spending time with one another.  I’m grateful for the blessings God has given me and I would never do anything to compromise losing them. I've also participated in coaching 5-14 year olds at the First Tee of Lakeland from 2009-2012.
 
I have more to play for now than ever before. For starters, my wife and children need me to provide for them more than ever. I refuse to let them down and I’m grateful that my wife is very supportive of my career goals and dreams. Secondly, I realize now more than before teaching that the competitive spirit inside of me yearns to battle it out again day to day on the links. I’m hopeful that I’ll get to, once again, compete full time at a high level honing my skills each shot at a time. I’m willing to put in more sweat and time than I did before.  I was known as one of the hardest (if not the hardest) worker on the mini-tours. Although, I’ve learned that it’s not only how long and hard a player works on the golf course, it’s also how efficiently and effectively the player works.  
 
I have a strong team of coaches in my corner helping me from time to time when needed. Mark Moore, Gary Gray, Mike Shannon and Dr. Morris Pickens each contribute to the development of my golf game.
 
In my opinion, everything in the golf swing hinges off of fitness. What better way to focus on golf movement than to work from the ground up. Gary Gray specializes in aiding the elite athlete with his/her given sport. He has helped me since December 2010 to first and foremost believe in my God-given athletic ability. My balance has improved dramatically after implementing Gray's routines into my workout regiment. Also, my stamina and flexibilty has increased due to the Core Conversion exercises and True Stretch routines he has given me.  
 
Mark Moore, my swing coach from Lake Charles, Louisiana, has improved my swing by helping me to focus on a higher ball flight and a more efficient swing.  We started working together in 2008 (the same season that I qualified for three Nationwide Tour events and the U.S. Open Sectional event.   Mark is an excellent instructor who meets each student right where he/she is at and whose methods are easy to understand and transfer to the golf course.  
 
Mike Shannon, my short-game/putting instructor from Sea Island, Georgia, has been helping me with my short game since 2005.  Mike has transformed my putting style by getting me to utilize the belly putter.  The switch from a conventional to a belly putter has given me more consistency and reliability while standing over putts from 10 feet and in. The Learning Center at Sea Island also specializes in club fitting.  
 
Craig Allen has helped me there since 2006 to make sure my equipment is working for my swing properly instead of trying to manipulate my swing to fit my equipment.  
 
Dr. Morris Pickens, who also works out of Sea Island, has helped me to develop a process during tournament golf which enables me to work in intervals during a round.  He has taught me the importance of attaining hyper focus during the golf shot while learning how to shut down that same focus during the down-time of walking in between shots.  
Moore, Gray, Shannon, Allen, & Pickens all make up a great fivesome to hone my game.  Overall, I’m very pleased with the core set of professionals that I surround myself with to improve all facets of my craft.  
 
I want to thank you very much for your interest in my golf career.  I’d like to share with you the reasons why I’d make a good representative for your industry, business, company and/or golf outing.  For starters, I will try my best to represent the Lord in everything that I do. I will endeavor to lead my family by praying with and for them by setting a good example for my children. Next, I will always endeavor to act in a professional manner both on and off the golf course.  Also, I will make sure that the words that come out of my mouth are not only pleasing to God but that they will be words to encourage and lift others up. Last but not least, I will try my best each and every shot even if poor shots had come before.  
 
No matter what extent our relationship grows, I’d like to thank you very much now for taking the time to become acquainted with me.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make you more comfortable with forming a business partnership with me. Please keep in mind that I’m available for company outings or to perform group clinics.
 
Again, thank you for your time and God bless you!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
B.J. (Brian James) Pitzen (rewritten on 5/14/2012)
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