Michael Sims is a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour.
The son of Bruce and Carol Sims, he was born in Bermuda on January 30, 1979. He was educated in Bermuda until he went to boarding school in Boca Raton, Florida at age 16. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Business Administration, where he played college golf. He now resides on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
In 2001 he became the first amateur golfer to win the New England Open in the 28 year history of the event. In the same year he also won the North and South Amateur, and reached the quarterfinals of the United States Amateur.
He turned pro later in 2001, and as of 2010 his career earnings are a reported $144,443.
He is often confused with fellow PGA golfer Michael Sim from Australia. Golf fans and friends frequently confuse them, and some of Mr. Sim’s golf clubs have been shipped to the “other” Michael Sim in Australia.
He has spoken well of the support he receives locally, telling the PGA:
People will stop me and stop my parents on the streets. They always have such kind things to say. It’s great. I get a lot of support from home. Bermuda is a very proud country of sportsmen.
Michael Sims hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the third round of the Athens Regional Foundation Classic at Jennings Mill Country Club on April 18, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. [Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images]
Hitting a tee shot during the second round of the 2009 Nationwide Tour Miccosukee Championship at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club on October 16, 2009 in Miami, Florida. [Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images]
Michael Sims hits his third shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the Athens Regional Foundation Classic at Jennings Mill Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. [Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images]
Mr. Sims lines up a putt during the third round of the 2009 Nationwide Tour Miccosukee Championship at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club on October 17, 2009 in Miami, Florida. [Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images]