Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For Champions Tour pro Mike Hulbert, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open is about as close to a "home game" as it gets.
"You've got to call somewhere home and even though I've been in Orlando for almost 30 years, this is where we grew up," said Hulbert before a practice round on Tuesday. "When you have a golf tournament as close as you can to your hometown...Yeah you call it home."
That's allowed when you've been playing the same course since high school, and walking around the course with him you get the idea he's played a round or two at En-Joie Golf Course.
"It means everything actually," Hulbert said. "This goes back all the way to high school days, we won't get into the years, but it's a pleasure to come back and a treat."
Hulbert and fellow Horseheads native and Champions Tour pro Joey Sindelar have been coming to En-Joie since the high school sectional golf tournament was held in Endicott. Just a couple of kids from Horseheads, turned professional golfers.
"I think we knew deep inside our goal was to be on the tour," Hulbert admitted on Tuesday.
Hulbert may tell you Joey was better, hence why he still goes this Joey's tournament, but his career turned out pretty well. It includes a B.C. Open title back in 1989 at En-Joie.
It's pretty remarkable all these years later, the two are still at it.
"Not too many guys who grew up from Horseheads, New York a mile apart played college golf, got on tour, played for a number of years on tour and then on the Champions Tour," said Hulbert. "From the same little town of Horseheads, New York."
For this week, both Mike and Joey get to meet-up again. They're back at a place they can call their own.