Former SC4 golf coach and athletic director Ross Green first spotted Tom Foster during a McDonald’s Amateur golf tournament.
Green knew right away Foster was capable of helping the Skippers.
“Tom was a darn good player,” Green said. “He could really hit the ball left or right. He could draw the ball if needed or hit a fade.
“We had a number of good Canadian players over the years. Tom was one of the best and just a great person.”
Said Foster: “I was still in high school when I was playing in the McDonald’s Amateur. Ross Green put a bug in my ear about playing at the college. It was a great experience. I made some very good friends and just had a lot of fun. I loved playing at Port Huron Golf Club. I know if I was in that area I would definitely be a member there.”
Foster qualified for the NJCAA Nationals twice. He finished fifth in the 1996 Nationals, which consisted of Division I and II schools at the time, at Mid Pines at Pinehurst, N.C. and earned First Team All-American honors. His first trip to the nationals was to Jekyll Island, GA.
Foster turned pro in 1999 and played four years on the Canadian Tour and Nationwide events throughout Canada and the United States. He became a club professional in 2002 and won numerous Pro-Am tournaments during his career. One of the highlights was the Hamilton & Sarnia Pro-Am in 2004.
In 2002, Foster married his wife, Beth. The couple live in Corunna, Ontario and have three children – Brooklyn, 14, Carter, 12, and Charlotte, 10.
“I have turned into a taxi service for all three kids for their travel hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer,” Foster said. “I only have time to golf eight or nine times a summer, but the kids are showing interest in golf so hopefully I get out more with them.”