Former Korn Ferry Tour Pro Reveals Drastic Career Change

Travis Hampshire leaves golf behind to take up a new position as a Deputy Sheriff

Travis Hampshire competes at the 2011 Stadion Classic
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A US professional golfer with 11 years of experience in the sport has embarked on a dramatic career change. Travis Hampshire has taken up a new post as Deputy Sheriff at Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in his native Florida. Hampshire's new role could barely be any different from a golf career that, towards the beginning, even saw him compete in a Major.

Among Hampshire’s career highlights was an appearance in the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach. However, he missed the cut after posting scores of 81 and 77. Hampshire later competed on the Tour (which became the Korn Ferry Tour), and achieved a career high of ninth at the 2012 Miccosukee Championship, finishing on two under par. That result earned him prize money of $15,600, and, while it wasn’t the catalyst for a trophy-laden career in the sport, Hampshire is still proud of his career, describing it as a childhood dream.

Tweeting about his move to law enforcement, the 41-year-old said: “Not too many people get the chance to live out their childhood dreams. For 11 years I had the opportunity to play professional golf. Hard work and a strong belief paid off. I get to begin my journey/career in law enforcement with the @SheriffCitrus office”. The tweet is accompanied by an image of Hampshire’s Deputy Sheriff badge. Meanwhile, the replies are overwhelmingly positive, which will surely give Hampshire confidence that he’s made a good move.

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Hampshire is far from the only former professional golfer pursuing a new a career away from the game. While they’re not all all as dramatic as a move to the police force, some run it close. For example, Frenchman Jean van de Velde, best-known for his 1999 Carnoustie calamity in the Open Championship, went on to become a UNICEF ambassador. Meanwhile, Jodie Mudd, who can look back on four PGA Tour victories, including the 1990 Players Championship, became a horse farmer at the end of his golf career.

Drawing on the character traits of hard work and strong belief Hampshire referred to in his tweet, we’ve little doubt he will go on to achieve success in his latest – dramatically different – career. 


Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.