Upon turning 40, Jon Fitzgerald challenges himself to chase his dream of playing professional golf. Given his passion for the sport, the right team, training schedule and commitment, will he have his chance? He believes it's never too late to become what he always wanted to be.
Determined, he assembles a team and develops a strategy. He eventually joins The Golf Channel's Amateur Tour and wins the first tournament he enters. With consistent play throughout the year, Fitzgerald earns an invitation to the National Championships.
From Los Angeles to Arizona, Scotland to Ireland, he travels to historic courses, gaining valuable experience. Off the course, he develops an understanding of his family history. Fitzgerald must come to terms with his identity, balancing the experience and guidance of his two father figures – polar opposites as people and influences in his life. Now himself a father of two, Fitzgerald sees his turn as a chance to “break the cycle” and establish a new approach. He learns that golf mirrors life, the need for patience and discipline, focus and imagination. Through it all, Fitzgerald discovers that finding the right balance in life will only make him a better player, father, husband and person.
--Courtesy of the 2009 Newport Beach Film FestivalRon Vignone & Jon Fitzgerald
Award winning film director Ron Vignone attended the University of Southern California where he received a degree in Literature and Writing. Ron wrote, directed, and acted in a short film, Snooze, which met with great success, earning festival nods worldwide. His first feature film, Say I Do, received numerous awards on the festival circuit, including five Best Picture awards and a Best Ensemble Cast award. He has just wrapped production on two feature films, Katie Q starring actresses Tanna Frederick and Karen Black, and Henry Jaglom's Queen of the Lot, which he co-wrote and is editing with Mr. Jaglom.
Jon Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He and two other filmmakers launched the Slamdance Film Festival in 1995, the first-born alternative to Sundance,
designed to generate an avenue of exposure for new talent. From 1997-1999 he held the position of Director of
Festivals at the American Film Institute. In May of 2002, Fitzgerald became the Executive Director of the Santa
Barbara International Film Festival. Most recently, in 2007 and 2008, he worked as the Festival Director and then
Director of Programming for the Middle East International Film Festival.