“The Bull” by Rich O’Brien
Kevin “The Bull” Bullard has been called the funniest and most colorful character on the Tour. His sense of humor and colorful wardrobe have combined to make him a fan favorite at corporate events, such as the John Deere Classic, for over a decade.
As an eleven years old he was leading the final heat of the BMX World Championships when his foot slipped a pedal just forty feet from the finish line. As a teenager he became a standout catcher and earned a scholarship to play baseball at Armstrong State University. He became one of the top ten hitters in school history in virtually every offensive category. He was a three-time member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll while earning his degree in economics.
He signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks and worked his way up to Double A Ball in 2001. Sadly, a badly broken left hand shattered his lifelong dream of playing Major League Baseball. That season the Diamondbacks went on to win the World Series. His voluntary retirement also coincided with the birth of his first son.
After retiring he used his education to become a financial planner and he is currently the Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division for Transamerica.
He lived on a golf course he began playing golf while rehabbing his shattered left hand. Amazingly, with one hand he was able to hit drives of 250 yards. When his hand had healed, he used same focus and passion for sports as rocket fuel to hit prodigious drives. With encouragement from his then father-in-law, he began entering long drive contests. In his first LDA Tour event in 2002 he finished 2nd to Greg Wellong.
Over the next few seasons he began honing his skills through the coaching of 2005-2006 Senior Champion Gerry James who taught him how to stretch properly, build core strength and overall strength. His clubhead speed increased to 145 mph and his ball speed to 216 mph. The coaching started paying enormous dividends in 2006 when he won the US Long Drive Tour Championship and five titles over two seasons. His career long drive was measured at 443 yards, but a 449 yard drive at the RE/Max Long Drive Championship may have been his most memorable.
He enjoys the comraderie of the tour and treats every member like a brother. He says they are the reason he still competes. Each year he also hosts Bull’s Classic in Mt. Gilead, N.C.
Off the long drive grid, Kevin Bullard gives back to the community by serving as the host of the Mustache Open which has raised more than $400,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. This is just one of the charities that Kevin’s efforts have influenced over the past fifteen years. For more information please visit www.kbpowergolf.com.
His proudest achievement, however, is being a good father. As a single father of two sons, Connor (15) and Grant (11), the commitment he has made to them influences his decisions on a daily basis. And he knows that is more important than any nine championships he has won during his 15 year career.
by Rich O’Brien