"When people hear that I golf for a living they think that I just go out and shoot 18 every day. I do much more than that.
"I hit range balls for two hours, play 9-18 holes and then work on my wedge shots for two hours before I finish up with three hours of putting practice," said Clegg.
Clegg's love affair with golf began at the early age of five years old. Before he could spell he was on the golf course hitting balls with his father, Rick. He entered his first tournament at age 13 but is quick to point out that he wasn't a natural.
"I wasn't a prodigy by any means, in my first tournament I didn't do very well," said Clegg.
While at Bountiful High school Clegg finished all state in both his junior and senior seasons. His senior season he dominated the 4-A ranks, holding the number 1 position for the entire season until he was upset at state and finished second.
After High School, Clegg looked to improve his game and play against the best competition possible. He decided to take a scholarship to the University of Minnesota to play golf for the Golden Golfers. Outside of Utah for the first time Clegg quickly adjusted to his new Midwestern surroundings and excelled.
"I really enjoyed playing at Minnesota. I was able to play five different former U.S. Open courses and I loved playing in the big conference against big competition," recalled Clegg.
After his first season an LDS mission took Clegg to Milan, Italy and supposedly away from golf. Clegg coach wrote him twice a month for his entire mission. Clegg definitely took not of his coach's faithfulness in writing.
"Besides my parents my coach sent me letters more faithfully than anyone, including my girlfriend, she only lasted 6 months," said Clegg.
Clegg simply couldn't avoid the game he loved so much. He would wake up early every morning to practice putting with a club his mother sent him. He also found an LDS member who also enjoyed golf and he would play every preparation day that he could.
After his mission, Clegg returned to Minnesota to resume his college career. That season Clegg helped the Golden Golfers win the Big Ten Conference and National Championship. It's hard to imagine how being part of a national championship team wouldn't be the highlight of his year, but meeting his wife Rachel easily trumps any trophies.
When Clegg met his wife, a Minnesota native, she didn't know much about golf. Now she's a huge fan and an even bigger supporter of Garrett's career. In addition to supporting her husband Rachel is busy raising their first daughter, Grace, a beautiful young girl who is full of energy. For Clegg, who is on the road 30-35 weeks a year, her support is crucial.
"When we first met she hardly knew what golf was. She loves golf now, we watch it together all the time, she's great. She's very supportive of my career, she couldn't be better," said Clegg.
Clegg decided before his junior year that he wanted to be closer to home, so he transferred to the University of Utah. During his two years as a Ute, Clegg was all conference and won three tournaments. He was the first Ute to be named to the all-conference team two years in a row.
After Graduation Clegg immediately turned pro and has spent the last year playing mini-tour events in an effort to gain status for the nationwide tour. The difference in competition has been an adjustment for Clegg.
"In college there are realistically 15 guys who are competing to win the tournament, now there are 150 guys who were all the best players on their college team. In college if you play your best, you win. Now you might not; it's just a lot tougher," said Clegg.
That isn't to say that Clegg hasn't had success. He won a Pepsi tour event in Phoenix and qualified for the Evirocare tournament here in Salt Lake. Clegg's goal is to be playing in nationwide tournaments by 2006. His passion for the7 game is propelling him to meet that goal.
"I love the game. I love to practice and be out there on the course, and I love to play the tournaments. I couldn't imagine doing anything else."