Feb. 22, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
One of Wyoming golf's best student-athletes ever, David Hearn excelled for the Cowboys from 1998 to 2001 before advancing to the PGA. He remains the only Cowboy golfer to play in three-consecutive NCAA Regional Tournaments and claimed two individual tournament titles during his UW career. Hearn recorded 18 top-10 and 27 top-25 finishes with an average finish of 25th place. He earned two individual tournament titles with a 73.4 career stroke average, and set Wyoming's single season lowest stroke average at 72.4 during the 1999-00 season. As a junior he shot the Cowboys' sixth-lowest round ever with a 66 (-6) and as a senior he became UW's first golfer named to earn First Team All-Mountain West honors.
Tell Wyoming fans a little about what you are doing after UW.
I had a great time at UW the four years I was there. I finished my eligibility in the spring of 2001 and turned pro in the fall of 2001. I played on the Canadian Tour for a couple seasons and had some pretty good success there. During the winter, I went to Asia and got my tour card there and played for a while over there. Fortunately I broke through that year and won on the Nationwide tour and was blessed to get my PGA tour card for 2005. So I have spent the last couple years on the PGA tour and have played just about everywhere. It has been a lot of fun.
The Canadian tour was a very well-run tour. I played a lot of events in Canada, five events in the US and a couple events in Mexico. It was a very rewarding experience. I went to Asia because I was looking for something new to do. The way it works, if you don't get into "Q" School, you have to put in a lot of time in December and January, so I was looking for something to fill the gap and I got my card in Asia. I ended up playing four or five events over there. It was an amazing experience and I met a lot of guys I still play with on tour to this day. With all these tours, you meet a lot of great guys and get to travel to neat places and play awesome courses. It is a lot of hard work to continue to play on the PGA but it is a lot of fun.
What would you say is your best moment so far as a professional golfer?
I have always been a type of player that takes a little while to elevate to the next level, but I work hard at it and get there over time. I was fortunate enough to win on the Canadian tour and place highly in a few events and then in 2004 I won on the Nationwide tour, which is the biggest victory I have had to this day. My goal is to get a PGA tour victory and continue to raise my game and get to the next level. I feel like my game is in good shape and this year I should be able to do that. Winning is something that doesn't happen very often for most guys in golf and that is always a special moment.
Talk a little about being a Wyoming Cowboy.
Playing at UW was great. We played a great golf schedule against a lot of tough teams and our conference was one of the toughest in the country with a lot of top 25 programs. We were always playing in good tournaments and it was a goal of mine to play at the NCAAs and always play at the highest level I could. Unfortunately our team never made it to the NCAA tournament. I know that was something we always wanted to achieve and I wanted to get there as an individual as well. But I think we did a great job with our team. We had a good set of guys and we won three or four golf tournaments which was very good for us. We never could quite break through to the next level, but we had a lot of fun and had some good success.
You came to UW from Canada, what made you decide to be a Cowboy?
My coaches at Wyoming were Roger Prenzlow and Joe Jensen. Roger called me and brought me on a recruiting visit to Laramie and I really loved the campus. Roger and I got along great and are still friends to this day. UW was the right program for me. I know there isn't the best weather there but Canada doesn't have the best weather either. Wyoming was a great opportunity to play a lot of golf tournaments in one of the best conferences in the country and I was always playing against the best players and our team was solid. I never thought twice about it and I love being an alumnus of UW. I see people on the road all the time and I get a lot of friends that come up to me and want to know about UW and the Cowboys.
Do you still follow Wyoming athletics?
I do follow the programs. I keep in touch with Joe and earlier this year when I was at the Phoenix Open, [former Cowboy] Gabe Maier came up to me and introduced himself and we had a good conversation. I like to be involved. When the football team didn't win the New Mexico Bowl this year, I was just as disappointed as everyone else.
Are you married? If so, do you have a family?
My wife and I were married in 2010 and we have been together a long time. She is a girl from my home town in Branford and we met in Canada and now we divide our time between Florida in the winter and Canada in the summer. We do not have any kids, but we have one on the way so we are looking forward to that. We are busy people. I am on the road 30 weeks a year and she travels quite a bit as well.
Anything Wyoming fans would like to know about you?
When I finished my eligibility at UW in 2001, I didn't graduate. I wasn't very proud of that, but because of the timing of me turning pro and playing qualifying tournaments in November, I couldn't come back to finish classes. A few years passed and in 2007 I took some online classes and finished with my degree in 2008. I was proud to get my degree and make it official that I am a graduate of the University of Wyoming.