Veteran insurance executive Adam Renfroe carded a 72 at the Higginbotham Texas State Open

As a professional golfer who deals with insurance every day, Adam Renfroe knew the Higginbotham Texas State Open was going to be tough.

“It’s fun, but it’s confusing,” Renfroe said. “It’s more difficult than playing on a Saturday morning with your friends. It’s fun to compete – some of these guys are really good – to see how you’re doing. So it’s just fun. Every little shot is difficult. But it’s very difficult.”

This is not the first time Renfroe has had trouble in his life.

Renfroe graduated from Grace Community School in 2004. He then went on to play golf at the United States Military Academy West Point for the Army.

“That’s how I got into (playing golf), so I took advantage of it,” Renfroe said.

After graduating from West Point in 2009, Renfroe said he served on active duty for more than five years, including a tour in Iraq. Renfroe said he was in the First Calvary Division at Fort Hood.

“I was a firefighter and a Ranger, so I did a lot of good things,” he said. “I have a lot of things out of my system. I would definitely do it all over again. It was amazing.

It was challenging and rewarding. Leadership was difficult every day. I was young, in my mid-20s, and I was the leader of a group of soldiers who were sort of under my command, which was difficult. You learned to combine listening and thinking when it’s time to have your back, which is difficult. There was a lot of sacrifice being away from home, and there were a lot of doubts. I went to West Point during the war, I graduated during the war and I served during the war, which doesn’t really happen. Having brothers and sisters who went there knowing that we are at war and going to war, made people see more urgency than just going to school.”

He returned to his hometown of Tyler in 2014. He briefed Nestle Waters at the Ozarka plant in Hawkins. Then he went into insurance. After working at another agency for a while, Renfroe has now been at Higginbotham since 2018 and is the vice president of business insurance for the company, which is sponsoring the Texas State Open for the second year in a row.

Renfroe is a member of The Cascades Golf & Country Club – the venue for this event.

In 2020, Renfroe qualified for the event and shot 77 and 73, going 10-over par in two rounds to miss the cut. In 2021, Renfroe received a bonus and shot 78 and 75 on two rounds of 13 par.

Renfroe is back in the tournament this year, having been released from the Northern Texas PGA.

“It’s a combination of two different passions,” Renfroe said. “We are very proud of Higginbotham to call this the Higginbotham Texas State Open. It’s a great honor to be a part of a marquee event like this, and I’m very humbled. It’s great to see our company name everywhere. And to be able to be a member and fly the membership flag is also exciting. Everyone sends me messages.” text messages to play well and all that stuff. It’s a little bit more complicated, but that’s what makes it fun.”

After paring his opening hole, Renfore birdied the second hole. After going par-bogey-par on the next three holes, Renfroe bogeyed two of the next three holes and was 2-under on the front nine.

After the turn, Renfroe bogeyed two of the first three holes before going par-birdie-par on hole No.

“I played a lot better today (than last year),” Renfroe said. “I had a bad finish today, but 72 is good for me, a guy with a job. I played well today, which is the most important thing.

“Watching these boys play last year, they scored very well. They don’t have great numbers. That was my goal, if I had a bad hole, was to keep it at bogey and then look within five feet, and I did very well. The last couple of holes, I just made some mistakes. I had three really bad putts on 18. And maybe I lost focus a little bit trying to run for birdie. All in all, I’m happy. Hopefully, I can go out there and throw something red tomorrow and hopefully get cut. “

Renfroe tees off at 2 o’clock Wednesday on the 10th hole.

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