Splits his time between golf while serving as agent for a reinsurance company . . .Turned to professional golf late in life after a wide-ranging athletic career that featured baseball and softball. . .Pyrtle was drafted by the former Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers) out of high school, but would have had to surrender his student deferment had he accepted and would be serving in the Vietnam War. Accepted a scholarship to the former Pembroke State University, now North Carolina-Pembroke. He became a first-team NAIA All-American first baseman, and was named the North Carolina Collegiate Player of the Year. . .Following college, Pyrtle began playing softball in a high-profile amateur circuit, and was considered one of the premier middle infielders in North Carolina. Finished his softball career for a team from Windsor Lock, Conn., and in 1999, inducted into the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame. . . Has recorded four holes-in-one, including three in competition (amateur events).. . .Competed in the 2004 and 2005 ACE Golf Classic on sponsor exemptions. . .First played 18 holes of golf at age 7, and posted a 116 score. . .Broke 100 in his second round, and was posting sub-70 scores at age 17 and 18. .