ELKHART — Brody Fischer is "living the dream."
A year after winning the Greater Elkhart Men's Golf Championship, the 21-year-old is pursuing a pro career.
Last winter, Fischer played on the Florida Professional Golf Tour, a circuit that also featured former NorthWood High School and Bethel College golfer Brady Klotz.
This spring and summer, Brody is working at Christiana Creek Country Club for his father, head pro John Fischer.
The younger Fischer helps out with junior clinics and in the shop and also plays almost everyday.
"I live and breathe golf," says Fischer.
A 2012 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School graduate, Fischer helped the Rangers win Michigan High School Athletic Association team state championships as a freshman and junior.
The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association named him all-state as a senior.
John Fischer, a Class A PGA Professional, was director of instruction at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend before taking his current position at Christiana Creek.
Fischer played one season at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, before beginning to pursue his pro ambitions.
What did he learn in his first professional events?
"You've gotta go low," says Fischer. "You've got to go at all the pins. You've got to make birdies. You can't played scared.“
While some situations call for a conservative approach, there generally has to be a go-for-it mindset if a player wants to be in victory contention.
"When there are guys out there shooting 65 daily, it's hard not to be aggressive," says Fischer. "When you get in trouble is when you short-change yourself and make bigger number than you intended."
Fischer has learned when to be super aggressive and when to back off a little.
"It's kind of like that sixth sense," says Fischer. "You feed off the way you're playing and the conditions of the course. You know that guys are going to go low on a perfect day with no wind."
Fischer learned the game from his father and the two try get out on the course together at least once a week.
But the lessons are generally left for the practice range.
"There's a fine line between swing coach and dad," says Fischer. "You've got to turn it on and off sometimes. We're pretty good about keeping the swing thoughts off the course until after the round."
John Fischer respects his son's wishes to keep their rounds fun and casual.
"When we go out to play somewhere, he just wants to play and not have me coach him," says John Fischer.
The 2014 Greater Elkhart — aka Elkhart city tournament — is scheduled with the first two rounds, Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, at Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart, and Sunday, June 29, at Meadow Valley Golf Club in Middlebury.
The Christina Creek Country Club course was closed because of flooding.
"The field is great this year," says Fischer. "There are a lot of members from (Christiana Creek) playing in it."
Fischer notes that Christiana Creek and Bent Oak offer more trees while Meadow Valley — with its wider fairways — reminds him of Blackthorn.
"Bent Oak is one of the tighter courses I've played," says Fischer. "It helps to know the course and when to hit 4-iron instead of driver."
But no matter the course, Fischer does not consider there to be only one way to approach the game.
"You can miss every fairway or you can hit half the greens and still shoot 72," says Fischer.
This summer, Fischer plans to participate in Web.com Tour and John Deere Classic qualifiers and is considering entering a PGA Professional Golf Management apprentice program in the winter while also playing in some tour events.
All the while, he'll be "living the dream."