Hello! I’m Kyle Shevlin, an avid amateur golfer in Portland, Oregon. I took up the game at the age of 13 and taught myself by reading everything I could get my hands on. Within two years, I broke par for the first time, and have been a scratch or better golfer ever since.
I played in college, doing two years at the junior college level where I competed in two National championships and achieved All-American honors my sophomore year. I went on to play my final two years at a NCAA Division II school, Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina.
I graduated from college in 2007 and my sticks started collecting cobwebs for the better part of a decade. Circumstances, such as work, the Great Recession, and grad school, prevented me from being able to play golf.
Around 2017, I got the itch to play again and had the good fortune of living near Eastmoreland in Southeast Portland. It only took a couple years to knock off all the rust and become an even better golfer than I was in college. I often wish I could go back in time and teach “college Kyle” what I know now. It’s one of the main reasons why I started this blog: to help others learn what I didn’t know earlier in their golfing journey.
By 2019, I was back to competing in local tournaments. I now play in about 8-10 tournaments and qualifiers each summer around the the Pacific Northwest and hopeful to do even more. It is my goal to make a name for myself among the golf community of the greater Portland area and to be a part of it for many years to come.
Now, I am a proud member of the Eastmoreland Men’s Club. I recently won my second club championship, successfully defending my title from the year before. So long as I don’t have a tournament elsewhere, you can find me playing with the club every Sunday morning, rain or shine. If you’re in the area, you’re welcome to join us.
And if you’re more a “get out and practice in the late hours” kind of person, you can often find me on the practice green til the sun sets. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.