Bogey Is Life family,
I hope you are all doing great! My name is Kolton Lapa. I am a professional golfer out of Arizona. I proudly support Bogey Is Life while playing on tour. This life is all still very new to me. I am happy to share my story with all of you on this journey! Every few weeks I will be doing a blog post to share any news with you as I chase the dream of playing on the PGA Tour someday.
Since this process has started, Bogey Is Life has been right behind me. I have to tell you, I’ve never loved working with a company as much as I do with Bogey Is Life. The designs, the people, the cleverness of the name and the shirt names… All of it is brilliant and I couldn’t be happier about our partnership together moving forward.
Along with Bogey Is Life… I have been lucky enough to get a sponsorship with:
- Ping Golf Clubs for all 14 clubs, hats and golf bags
- Titleist for Balls, Gloves and Hats
- Sunfish Headcovers for headcovers and ball markers
- Footjoy for golf shoes
My story…. I grew up in Arizona, playing out of Longbow Golf Club, out there grinding in the 110 degree summer days. I was very fortunate that I had a very successful junior golf career. Earning 7 wins in my final year of golf in Arizona and also winning the 2012 State Championship. Because of my play, I earned a full golf scholarship to the University of Nebraska! I packed my bags, said goodbye to family and embraced on a new journey. Lincoln, Nebraska is a beautiful town and was a great destination for my golf career. While I was a Cornhusker, I notched a few top 10’s and had a really successful Freshman year.
After arriving back to Arizona and having some time to think about my best options to continue the success of my career, I thought it was in my best interest to transfer to a warmer weather climate school. I called the Head Coach at the time and asked for a release… To my surprise he said no and that I needed to come back to school. My score counted for every round my Freshman year, the first time in a very long time in school history that a Freshman’s score counted for every round.
I went back as a Sophomore with an open mind but it just wasn’t a good fit for me. I played well again my Sophomore fall and after that I decided to transfer and got my release. During the transferring process I was speaking with University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Washington State University and Baylor University. After the pros and cons, I decided to return home to play for the Wildcats at the University of Arizona.
After graduating from the University of Arizona, it was a goal of mine to play professionally but I was never able to get the funds to play. It costs about $80,000 to play professionally and it was not anywhere in my wheel house at the time. So, I caddied on the PGA Tour Canada for a buddy until I got a phone call from the University of Denver to become the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach. After serving two years there, I got a phone call to become the Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Nebraska. I absolutely loved my time as a coach and was very successful. I truly wanted to be a Head Golf Coach for a power five school …
BUT! Never shut down any doors in your life and that’s where this story truly starts…
You never know who you are going to cross paths with. Luckily, I crossed paths with a family who took an interest in my life and is fully funding me to play professionally for the next three years! So, I packed my apartment up and I headed back to Arizona to live in Scottsdale. They are an unbelievable family and they’ve taken me under their wing. They have opened up their 4 level Scottsdale condo to me and I am now playing out of TPC Scottsdale. Since this process has started, Bogey Is Life has been right behind me and I am excited to keep the partnership going.
I hope you have all enjoyed reading up on my story and I look to share more about the life of a professional golfer going forward and hopefully some results to share as well!