Over the past 50 years, David Jacobsen has played countless rounds of golf. Some have been in USGA championships, including the U.S. Senior Open, the U.S. Amateur, the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur. Others have been with his brother, Peter, a successful PGA Tour pro who won the 2004 U.S. Senior Open. David’s favorite rounds, however, are with children.
“It’s just so cool to see the young people begin the journey of golf: the experience, the people, the positive environment that golf can provide,” he said.
Jacobsen knows the key to enjoying the game is playing, but is aware of how difficult it can be to convince children to start.
“If you have the opportunity to play enough golf, most of the time, you will fall in love with the game,” he said. “You may not be able to be a Tour player, but if you have the opportunity to play enough golf, meet enough people, those people can become your very best friends.
“I just think if we can create enough opportunity for young people to play golf at a reasonable expense, they’ll be able to fall in love with it.”
So that’s what he did. Through the Jacobsen Youth Initiative, a program within the Oregon Golf Association, he has helped reduce the price of junior golf across the state.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Jacobsen’s involvement with the USGA and his embodiment of its ideals has earned him the distinction of first-tee starter for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. This new role comes 15 years after Jacobsen qualified for the 2003 U.S. Senior Open as an amateur.
Though Jacobsen continues to play golf competitively, he has become more involved in supporting the game. A USGA member since 1984, he has served on multiple councils, currently sitting on the Regional Affairs Committee with the OGA. Over time, Jacobsen found the more he gave back to golf, the more this pursuit enhanced his life.
“Everybody has a different journey, and for me, my journey has been wonderful,” he said.