John Schroeder big on family, hard work

A member of the La Jolla High Class of 1964 and former PGA golfer, John Schroeder is now a Del Mar resident. The father of three girls, he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Business. Named an NCAA All American in 1968, he turned pro in 1969, playing on the PGA tour as well as the Nationwide and Champions tours. He played in three Masters tournaments, won the U.S. Professional Match Play Championship in 1993, and finished third in the 1981 U.S. Open and in the top 10 in two British Opens. In 2001, he won the NFL Golf Classic and was named the Champions Tour Comeback Player of the Year. Since 1979, he has worked as an on-the-course analyst for NBC, ABC, ESPN and TWI.

Schroeder, who now owns Schroeder Golf Enterprises, was a co-founder of Cobra Golf and served on the board from 1990-1996. He’s a member of the Century Club, Friends of Torrey Pines and is a board member of the San Diego Junior Golf Association and president of its foundation. He also served as a board member of the San Diego Tennis Patrons from 2001-2004 and was active in the Torrey Pines High School Booster Club.

After leaving golf, Schroeder worked for ABC Sports and NBC Sports as well as for ESPN. He was one of the original owners of Cobra Golf.

He is the father of three girls.

What brought you to Del Mar?

I moved here with my family in 1979 when my oldest daughter Patty started school. La Jolla was expensive back then - who knew? Home values tripled in three years in Del Mar. Boy was I smart! (Blind luck.)

What makes Del Mar special to you?

(Del Mar) has the same small town atmosphere as La Jolla had during the 1960s, but it’s better because Del Mar is incorporated and not under the thumb of San Diego.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Del Mar?

To totally redo the commercial corridor, Camino del Mar from approximately 15th Street to 9th Street. It’s very unfriendly to eat, shop, etc, there, and also to be more proactive with business owners in town to help them prosper.

Who or what inspires you?

The free enterprise system here in the U.S.A. It allowed me to become wealthy beyond my wildest dreams, as have other people I know. If you want to take a chance and succeed, you get to reap the benefits. It’s available to everyone if you want to work hard.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My three daughters, two sons-in-law … family is everything.

What are you currently reading?

I read mainly newspapers: San Diego Union-Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, plus golf news magazines, Sports Illustrated, and, believe it or not, Vanity Fair.

What is your most prized possession?

My family.

What do you do for fun?

Still play golf with friends three to five days a week. Work out five days a week and just hang out with friends.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

My success in life both career-wise and family-wise. I am a very lucky person, but I worked very hard along the way.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Stay positive, stay in the present, and dance every dance as we are only here on a visit.