Gig Harbor's Kyle Stanley rested, ready to live it up on tour

Staff writerJanuary 15, 2014 

When the offseason hit, Gig Harbor's Kyle Stanley was ready to do anything but golf. So he stuck his bag of clubs in the corner of his condominium and left them alone.

Is this the same Stanley who has earned a reputation throughout college at Clemson and the early stages of his professional career of being obsessed with practicing?

Yes, same guy.

"I saw things a little bit differently back then, " Stanley said. "You have to live life a little bit."

Ready to kick off his fourth season on the PGA Tour, Stanley might not be happy with what the golf produced in 2013 - no wins and only making half of his 24 tournament cuts - but he is certainly pleased with how his life is progressing.

That is not to say a lot wasn't going on last year, starting with his blockbuster, multi-year endorsement deal with Nike, which included a complete change of equipment.

He also uprooted from warm and golf-friendly Scottsdale, Ariz., and moved to downtown Seattle.

"When I moved to Scottsdale ... it was kind of a lonely place. With that said, I like to travel 34 weeks or so (for golf), so when you have time off, you should go home to a place you want to be, " Stanley said. "I don't know why, but I always wanted to live downtown. And I don't regret my decision to move up here."

It was in Seattle where he was reunited with former Bellarmine Prep classmate Dolly Enneking, a former all-Big Sky Conference women's soccer player at Portland State.

The two started dating last summer, and are now engaged to be married in less than a year.

"We kind of jab each other on who was the better athlete in college, " Stanley said. "She is a great person ... and understands what I go through. I am obviously at a time in my life when I want to settle down."

Stanley said heading into 2014 is similar to that of two years ago, when he captured his lone PGA Tour victory at the 2012 Waste Management Open in Arizona - quiet and stress-free.

"I am ready for a distraction-free year, " Stanley said.


Age: 26.

Hometown: Gig Harbor.

Residence: Seattle.

Schools: Bellarmine Prep/Clemson.

2013 season: Made 12 out of 24 cuts, posted three top-10 finishes and totaled $1.46 million in earnings on the PGA Tour.

Best finish in 2013 at a major: 73rd at the U.S. Open (28-over 308) at Merion East.

World ranking heading into 2014: 128th.

Caddie: Brett Waldman.

Swing instructor/short-game instructor: Mike Taylor/Ralph Bauer.

Agent: Brad Buffoni.

In the bag: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver, Nike VR Pro limited 3-wood, Nike VR Pro blade irons, Nike VR wedges (52, 56, 60 degrees), Nike Method 001 putter, Nike 20XI-X golf balls.

Endorsements: Nike, Omega watches, Transamerica, NetJets.

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