Longtime PGA Tour golf professional Ted Purdy has gone from golf driving to fork lift driving. Ted joined MFB Arizona as Community Relations Director in December 2019. He recently finished tied for 58th place in the PGA's Bermuda Championship. Ted, a University of Arizona business graduate, has won tournaments on the Asian Tour, the Web.com Tour, the PGA Latin American Tour and the 2005 HP Byron Nelson Tournament on "the big tour."
"As an Arizona native, I've always looked for ways to give back to the community," says Ted, the father of two. "Joining Midwest Food Bank elevates my commitment to doing good works to an entirely different level. For me it's a chance to channel my focus in helping MFB raise funds and to better connect with the business and philanthropic communities across the state."
Ted says the 9-to-5 life of an MFB employee has been enjoyable thus far, though he has to squeeze in golf practice before and after work. He also says he drives a golf ball much more accurately than he drives a forklift.
"I tangled with a pallet of donated Muscle Milk the other day," Ted explains. "I'm just glad I'm a fast learner, because I don't want to cry over spilled milk."
Ted is still active on the PGA Tour, playing about six times a year. "I tell everyone I'm the old golfer on the PGA Tour and can't wait to be the young skinny guy on the PGA Tour Champions when I turn 50," he says.
When he has any spare time, Ted likes snow skiing and all forms of water sports. Being a Finance Major from the University of Arizona, he enjoys following the financial markets. He has a son, Sam and a daughter, Andie, 16 and 14 respectively.
MFB Arizona welcomes Ted to the team. Stop in and meet him.