Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Wam.
Hi Morgan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Christmas morning early 2000’s – A new set of $125 Dunlop golf clubs sat under the tree awaiting their first swing. An ecstatic 10-year-old boy had no idea these poorly made, beginner level pieces of metal were the start of something great. Fast forward a few years to high school – JV Golf team. Why was I playing golf? Those Dunlop’s did not get great use over the past few years. Yes, they made it out onto Oaks North golf course in San Diego a few dozen times; had a fair share of damage from hitting out of concrete drainage ditches, were rarely cleaned and definitely did not have anything less than a double bogey to their record.
Time advanced, I grew older. Golf stayed where it always was in my heart – somewhere between visiting out-of-state cousins and going to the county fair. You get the reference… golf was “… fun” and a decent once-per-month hobby, but nothing I imagined as a “job,” passion or obsession. Once the sports and hobbies of my younger years outgrew me, a new pastime was waiting – a game where 80-year-olds beat 18-year-olds, where degeneracy meets sweater vests. The only activity in the world you can practice weekly, for a half-century, and still be considered below average. This game is golf and I am obsessed with every single aspect of it and forever will be. ClubShare Golf was born in late 2018 as a way to grow the game of golf. Golf is “expensive” or “inaccessible” are usually common phrases used to describe our favorite game. A young man pondered the idea. What if you could try out the game of golf with no hesitation? For a reasonable price? No barriers to entry! If you didn’t like it, you are right where you started… but with $30 more in your pocket. Possibly willing to give it another shot down the line… Hmmm. Well, almost every house in America has a set of golf clubs in it, whether for home defense or Saturday morning spousal avoidance. Traveling with clubs is a huge hassle for some.
ClubShare was born! ClubShare lets you choose similar sets to your own or a chance to try something new. Whether you are just learning the greatest game or a tour pro, ClubShare has you covered with a wide range of options at all different price points. ClubShare Golf truly is “Golf Club Rentals Made Easy.” Two years later, ClubShare Golf is currently a club rental option in six states with over 200 club rental options to choose from. We get feedback from our users once they use our service – “super convenient”, “affordable, great option for club rentals,” and my personal favorite, “why didn’t I think of this”. We aim to grow fully nationwide in the next 12 months to accommodate every golf market in the US and make traveling with clubs a thing of the past.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been struggles along the way, absolutely. The hardest part was getting the website to be something that was a great user experience for both the renter and lister. We want people to be able to find what they need easily but also have some features that aid inconvenience. We were finally happy to offer our product to the general masses of golfers in early 2020 as a service that helps golfers find clubs but also protects them from issues that may arise, such as damage or theft. We are happy with our service and are constantly improving our site to make the experience of renting clubs more convenient for all.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My “dayjob” is working as a financial analyst and investment advisor. I have always had two passions in my life, golf and money. Who knew I would get to do both as a career, truly not “working” a day in my life so far. I went to school in Arizona, earning a degree in Business Economics and then an MBA in Finance. I believe these steps helped me not only understand business well enough to take that leap and understand what I was trying to accomplish with ClubShare but also I was very accustomed to working late hours and self-motivation, getting my MBA. I hear a lot of people having ideas that they are too busy for or they never act on them. I am so glad I took that risk and started ClubShare. The success of it is mostly determined by my hard work and whether it ends up being a staple in the golf community or something that stays mostly localized, I am proud of myself for taking that risk and definitely learned a lot along the way.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Despite being a somewhat average golfer, late in 2019, I hit two holes in ones in one round. This is something that only a handful of people have ever accomplished and it is something that I think is special about myself and the ClubShare story. Not as an achievement to brag about, but as a show of faith, that good things can happen to anyone. Everyone can have a lucky day – go with it, be modest… but be proud of anything special that you accomplish.