Len was six when his father Louis encouraged him to take up golf. Len is left-handed, but he plays golf right-handed. Though he started early, it wasn’t until high school that Len began to elevate his game, eventually becoming the #1 ranked player in Junior Golf. His skill and fortitude earned Len a scholarship to Wake Forest where he was a two time All-American and key member of the 1986 NCAA National Championship team.
After turning pro in 1990, Len has enjoyed a successful career highlighted by two PGA TOUR wins and a dramatic, runner up finish at the Masters. A skiing accident threatened to end his career in 2003, but Len’s drive and love of the game enabled him to fight his way back to form.
Little Known Facts
- Has his own charitable organization, “Len’s Friends,” that aids Jacksonville, Fla., charities with a series of golf events. Also supports The First Tee of Jacksonville.
- He ranks T29th in Short Game Rating on the PGA TOUR.
- Made over 200 PGA TOUR career cuts
- Played in The Masters as an Amateur in college
- Ranked best bunker player on TOUR from 1998-2003
- Played 126 Holes for charity at the TPC in 1 day
- Established Len Mattiace Scholarship Fund at Wake Forrest
- Favorite golf courses: TPC Sawgrass and Pebble Beach
- If he wasn’t a PGA TOUR golfer, Len would be a Secret Service Agent