AGES 2 - 6 (1975-1979)
AGE 2 (1975)
• Started playing Ping-Pong after his mother Barbara won a regional table tennis championship. His father Hartmut was a successful rower at that time.
AGE 5 (1979)
• Joined his first soccer club, SV Tasmania 73 Berlin after Germany had a bad World Cup ´78 experience in Argentina and played in the under-8 team with German striker Klaus Fischer being his first role model.
AGES 6 - 16 (1980-1989)
AGE 7 (1981)
• Joined nearly every sports team of his elementary school (swimming, track & field, field hockey, handball) and set swimming records for his age group over 50m breaststroke & freestyle.
AGE 10 (1984)
• Won the Berlin State U11 soccer championship with his club Tasmania after a dramatic penalty shootout with one of his team´s players being Carsten Ramelow from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a former German national team player.
AGE 11 (1985)
• Mike´s love for the game of golf was ignited by Germany´s best player and two-time U.S. Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer. Mike watched the final round of the ´85 Masters live on TV with the legendary commentary of Eberhard Stanjek.
AGE 13 (1986)
• After he had won the Berlin State U13 soccer cup he visited the U.S. for the first time and met Ed Evans in Wernersville, PA - he taught him his first golf swings and actually was his first golf trainer.
AGE 14 (1988)
• Attended a one-week golf clinic with a schoolmate at Golfclub Bad Kleinkirchheim during a summer holiday trip to Austria and received his playing ability certificate from Tour & Teaching Professional Gordon Manson.
AGES 16 - 26 (1990-1999)
AGE 16 (1990)
• After more than 10 years with his soccer club, Mike decided to make Baseball his favored sport and signed with the very first Berlin State Baseball Champion Berlin Beagels, where he met Masiar Aliabbassi who is now his physiotherapist. In his first full season he won the Joe-di-Maggio-Award for the best batter in the league with a season batting average of .604 and was immediatly acquired by the Berlin Crusaders.
AGE 18 (1992)
• After becoming Berlin State soccer champion in 1984, he also won the Berlin State baseball championship with his team Berlin Crusaders, finished 3rd in the batters´ race with a batting average of .387 and got promoted to Germany´s 2nd highest league level
AGE 23 (1997)
• With just three seasons played in the DBV 1. Bundesliga Nord, Mike got called up to the German National team and made the 40-man roster for the 1997 European Baseball Championships in Paris, France.
AGE 26 (1999)
• Played in his last golf tournament (Fun Foursome with his friend Marcel Rathsfeld) and finished on 26th position out of 45 teams before a 11+ year break from the sport.
AGES 26 - 37 (2000-2011)
AGE 27 (2000)
• After twelve years of membership he quit his partnership with Deggendorfer Golf Club e.V.
AGE 37 (2011)
• Regained membership with Deggendorfer Golf Club e.V. and returned to the sport after more than ten years of absence
• With Titleist still being the golf ball of his choice, he chose Cleveland Golf as his main golf club brand and now plays a putter from Never Compromise
• Finished 2nd with a round of 67 (5-under-par) in his first tournament start as a Mid-Amateur Player (Age 35+)
• Won his first tournament (Fridays Open 9L) with a round of 66 (6-under-par) in just his 3rd start of the year, only one day after his Grandfather had died at the age of 93
AGES 38 - (2012- )
AGE 38 (2012)
• Signed with BGC Stolper Heide in order to improve the overall performance on the course. Heinz Peter Thül is part of the coaching team at Stolpe now, one of many reasons - besides the 36 holes on 2 courses - to attain membership with this club.
• On Easter Monday Team LA GIRA GOLF (Gary & Mike) won its first ever tournament. At Berliner Golfclub Stolper Heide they lead their class by three strokes and won the annual "Ostervierer" on the Westplatz with a stunning -18 net round.