Vault Aviation Partners with Local Club Pro Brian Norman at the AT&T Byron Nelson
Vault Aviation takes seriously its commitment to the local North Texas community. That includes supporting significant initiatives that impact the community and supporting the local figures who make the community proud. When local teaching pro Brian Norman tees it up at the Byron Nelson, he’ll be representing the North Texas community, and Vault Aviation is proud to invest in his effort.
Most weeks, Brian Norman is just the teaching pro at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. He meets and greets with the members, fixing their slices and giving them some version of the swings they see on the PGA Tour. When the AT&T Byron Nelson comes to the Dallas area, though, members at Gleneagles will need to tune on their televisions if they want to learn from Norman. With his win the PGA North Texas section championship last September, Norman earned his way into the Byron Nelson field. He’ll be wearing the Vault logo all weekend as he seeks to charge up the leaderboard as the local favorite and national underdog.
Following up on a PGA Championship appearance
It won’t be the first time Norman’s teed it up at a big time professional golf event. He’s more than just the average driving range pro. He’s also competitive in tournament play, having qualified before for the 2014 PGA Championship at Louisville’s Valhalla County Club. The Byron Nelson is a mainstay in Texas professional golf, and Norman will have his chance next week to author one of the great underdog stories.
Another unlikely Texas winner?
There’s precedent for underdogs winning in Texas. Long-time journeyman Jim Herman won his first tournament at the Shell Houston Open in April. Norman would be an even longer shot. But he’s got the skills to compete, and he should know the layout better than anyone. Played at the TPC Las Colinas in Irving, the Byron Nelson will channel the typically windy Texas spring conditions that Norman’s come to know so well in his time teaching.
Vault’s partnership with Brian Norman
Most teaching pros who qualify for tour events head to the course in their normal attire, free of sponsors and partners. Norman won’t be alone. He’ll wear the Vault Aviation logo on his chest, reflecting a North Texas partnership that Vault is glad to invest in. Norman has been a central figure in North Texas golf for the last decade, earning honors as the North Texas PGA Section player of the year in 2014, and building connections with members of the local golf community during that time. He’s sure to have the support of the local Irving community behind him. Like Vault Aviation and its Texas-bred founders, Norman hopes to make a splash on the big stage.
Fulfilling a dream
Playing in the Byron Nelson has been a long-time dream for Norman. He’s come close to qualifying a few times, losing out in a playoff once. To qualify for the 2016 edition, he had to overcome a shaky start. Norman fired a 3-under par 68 to overcome a five-stroke lead in the final round. He’ll have to channel that same competitive fire as he takes on some of the best golfers in the world. The Byron Nelson will once again feature some of the best golfers in the world, as it’s routinely one of the season’s strongest fields.
Vault looks forward to seeing Norman play like a champion as he tees it up at the Byron Nelson. We’re proud to support him in living his dream, and we’re happy to partner with him to highlight the strength of the North Texas golf community.