Cocoa Beach’s ‘Goat’ Waterman Quits Music, Sets Sights On Making PGA Tour
By Brenden Martin // June 15, 2016
G-O-A-T (Greatest of All Time)
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – “Greatest of All Time” is ready for his next challenge.
Goat Waterman is making his final preparations to play tour golf. He’s about to join the list of other professional golfers who call Brevard County home, but Goat is anything but the typical golfer.
In 2004, Waterman moved from Pennsylvania to Cocoa Beach. He discontinued his passion for music to follow another passion, golf.
In fact, his nickname G-O-A-T (Greatest of All Time) was earned during his time in a heavy metal band.
Waterman said when he was 21 years old, he was in one of his first metal bands.
“I had long dreadlocks and a weird beard. I was referred to as Goat Boy by my guitarist Rob Peterson.”
Goat said that after the nickname caught on, he had the letters G-O-A-T tattooed over the knuckles on his right hand.
This tattoo is just one of many inked on the Greatest of All Time.
Waterman is tattooed from head to toe with a long beard, which is not how a stereotypical golfer is perceived to look. He definitely turns some heads when he walks into the clubhouse.
He said he is constantly asked if he’s a tattoo artist, motorcyclist or plays in a rock band. Goat acknowledges that he is “visually more of a skateboarder, metal-head or surfer than would be any type of golfer.”
When it comes to his appearance on the golf course, Goat wants people to realize that golf is strictly about talent, passion and respect.
Appearance has nothing to do with success.
He says, “You can still love the game, respect the game, be a gentleman of the game, and not have to look like you stepped out of a Macy’s, or out of your Grandfather’s closet.”
Waterman is not afraid to challenge the norm, and is not afraid to be himself.
Goat’s passion for the game began at a young age. He was a talented athlete as a child, but had a difficult time finding what he was passionate about. He was told he could have a professional career playing tennis and soccer, but he didn’t have the desire to pursue those options.
Goat loved skateboarding and eventually developed an interest in golf. With those two sports success or failure depends on individual effort, that is the aspect of golf which drives Goat to be the best player that he can be.
He loves that golf provides him with the opportunity to prove to himself and to others that he can win.
Waterman’s family played a large role in developing his love for the game. He remembers watching golfing greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Chi-Chi Rodriguez on television with his grandmother.
He loved playing miniature golf with his father, and one day he asked to take a full swing at a golf ball.
— Goat Waterman ⛳ (@Thegolfingoat77) June 9, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: Goat Waterman stepping up to drive one.
Goat broke his plastic putter as he sent a golf ball soaring through the air and he was hooked from that point on. Goat used his father’s equipment until he could afford his own set of clubs.
After moving beachside, Goat earned a full-time job as an instructor in 2006. He has participated in mini-tours and small professional events since then. Over the past few years Goat has become a popular bartender in the Cocoa Beach area, but has really focused on dedicating himself to the game he loves.
Goat has participated in U.S. Open qualifiers as well. He has the drive to make it to the PGA Tour, he personally wishes he had more time to practice.
Waterman says, “I have too much talent, and I am too driven to not make it, end of story.”
Goat is taking the next step in his golf career and will be participating in more mini-tour events in the coming months. With the assistance of Duran Golf Club’s Director of Instruction Justin Blazer, Goat has the confidence and the equipment to compete with some of the best players in the country.
Blazer is a Top-50 U.S. Junior Golf Master Teacher, as well as a staff member for Taylor Made. He also caddies professionally from time to time.
When asked what his future holds, Waterman says, “I’m going to be successful on the mini-tours and I’m going to make it on tour because it’s my drive and my passion. I will not quit until I achieve the goal. My goal is the PGA Tour.”
Goat’s main sponsor in the past was Big Storm Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida. Other local businesses in Brevard County have supported Goat with tournament entry fees and sponsorship as well.
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