Wednesday, October 10, 2012
John Higgins has returned to the game he played for three seasons at Lipscomb University. Higgins, who earned a B.A. in Mass Communication cum laude in Dec. 2009, works full-time to SeeMore Putter Company and also coaches the Brentwood High men's and women's golf teams. He also finds time to teach private putting lessons and has worked with some former and current members of the Lipscomb golf team. He is engaged to Emily Potter and the wedding is planned for Feb. 9. He remains close friends with three former Lipscomb athletes _ Clint Suggs (golf), Kyle Tognazzini (baseball) and Andrew Kincaid (baseball). In June he went to central California to officiate and be the best man at Kyle and Alyssa Tognazzini's wedding. While a student at Lipscomb he worked in the athletic department in variety of jobs, served as an SGA Senator, was vice-president of the Society of Professional Journalists and participated in mission trips to Peru and Wales. Despite his extremely busy schedule Higgins found time to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played golf for three years from 2006 to 2009. Ralph Samples originally offered me a scholarship, but I played for Buddy Harston all three years."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"As a fan my favorite memory is the `Battle of the Boulevard' my freshman year. Lipscomb won both games. I remember we were 18 points down at Belmont and the crowd there was going crazy and we came back to win.
"Right before the home game with Belmont that year was my first time to do the Bison run around the neighborhood. It was like 20 degrees outside. That was a blast.
"Personally, my first college golf tournament my freshman year was at Western Carolina in my home state of North Carolina. My parents came. It was a big goal of mine to have a chance to play NCAA Division I golf. I will never forget how I felt on the first tee. It was special."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"One of my teammates, Clint Suggs. He was one of the top players at Lipscomb. He really motivated me a lot with my game. He was my roommate for three years and is a great friend.
"In addition to being my teammate, Clint was my instructor. He is an instructor now in Miami, Fla. He was my swing instructor while I was at school. I feel like he gave me a system for understanding the game better."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I was in the Tau Phi social club and every year we had the Tau Phi Cowboy Show. I sang `The Devil Went Down To Georgia' in 2008 and `Ring of Fire' in 2009. I had a blast doing that. It was a really good time."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"One of the reasons I came to Lipscomb was the education. I feel like I came away with a stronger understanding of God's word.
"Through the smaller classes and the discussions really helped me with tools that I could apply to my life. With a lot of classes it wasn't about memorizing things. It was about critical thinking and making strong decisions.
With the people around me, my teachers and my classmates it was a great place to grow."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Jimmy McCollum, while I was at school and after graduation, has been the most supportive teacher/professor I have in my entire life. He helped me find a way to manage my class schedule to get out of school early and save a little money. He helped me brainstorm about different things in my career. Dr. Mac has always been there for me and I appreciate that."
"I really liked Dr. Mark McGee. He didn't give us hypothetical situations. I have always been fascinated by the law. He talked about real examples, especially in the Media Ethics and Media Law classes. We worked through how to identify the problem or the argument that could be made."
"I really admired Dr. Jim Thomas and his energetic communication style. He always used humor. That is something I strive for."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I have worked for the SeeMore Putter Company for two years at the world headquarters In Franklin, Tenn., where all SeeMore putters are custom-built. I am the Director of Sales and Marketing for North America. I also provide instruction and conduct putter fittings at SeeMore headquarters.
"The SeeMore FGP was used by Payne Stewart to win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 1999 and by Zach Johnson, the Masters winner in 2007.
"SeeMore has been a great fit for me because the company teams up sales with instruction, because every putter features a system for feedback that aids the golfer with setup, alignment and the putting stroke.
"I just finished my third season as the golf coach at Brentwood High. In 2011 the Bruins finished as state runners-up in TSSAA Division I Class AAA. In 2011 the Bruins were undefeated. The Lady Bruins lost only one match in 2012."
Tell us about your family.
"I am engaged to Emily Potter. We met at a Nashville area worship service. While in Charleston, S.C., for a family vacation she and I went on a date night and I proposed. Emily owns the Red Rose Salon in the Maryland Farms area of Brentwood."
John's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.