Zack Fischer, a Golfer on the Korn Ferry Tour, is from Wake Village, Texas, and currently resides in Benton, Arkansas. He is married to Kaitlin Fischer (8 years) and together they have a little girl, Hallie (2). Zack and Kaitlin have a golden retriever named Arnie Palmer. Fischer has been playing professional golf since 2011. Fischer is the only two time winner of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying tournament and recently won the Argentina Open which has qualified him for the 2023 Open Championship.
What is your favorite Texarkana memory?
I have so many great memories in Texarkana. I played many sports growing up and loved playing baseball and tennis.
Where was your favorite place to eat in Texarkana?
Eating is one of my favorite things to do in Texarkana. I love the food in town. I would say that it has some of the best burger places. Reggie’s, The Dugout, and TLC are some of my favorites. My absolute favorite is no longer there anymore, unfortunately. Bryce’s was my favorite for many many years.
What was the teen hangout when you lived here?
I think the only hangout spot when I was a teenager was the movie theater. I was not the most popular person, so I would say my hangout was the golf course.
Were you a Hawk, Leopard, Razorback or Tiger?
Texas High Tiger. I would not say that golf had a rivalry with any of the schools in the area, but our big rival was Highland Park in Dallas. They had many of the top junior golfers in the state, and it was always great to beat them when we had a chance. The best memory was during my senior year. In our last regular season event, we went to a tournament in Aledo, Texas and won the tournament by about 20 shots. It was always great to beat the Scots.
How do you describe Texarkana to your friends?
I always tell people that I am from Texarkana and just about everyone I talk to has driven through the city once or twice. I tell them we have one of the best golf courses in the state of Arkansas and anyone who has played Texarkana Country Club would agree.
What do you love about Texarkana?
I love coming back home. I love seeing people at the golf course, and I love eating the good food.
What would you change about Texarkana?
I think the biggest thing I would love to see changed is the way people think of Texarkana. I believe it’s a great spot to become a professional athlete. There have been a lot of people who have been successful in athletics.
Who is someone from Texarkana who impacted your life?
There are so many people in Texarkana who have had such a big impact on my life that I could not even begin to name them all. My parents, of course, are at the top of the most influential, but I would say that a lot of the members at Texarkana Country Club have given me the opportunity to pursue my career and I may not have had as much success in golf without their support. However, the person who has had the most impact on my life is probably Geoff Jones. He is my instructor and one of my closest friends. I know that if I had not gotten a lesson from him when I was ten years old that I would have never made it very far in golf. And if I wouldn’t have had him through my slump years (2017-2021), I would have never made it back to the Korn Ferry Tour and been playing the best golf in my life.
What do you think makes Texarkana famous?
Being the border city and State Line running down the middle of the town.
What is your nickname for Texarkana?
T-Town and TXK
What do you miss about Texarkana?
I come back home quite a bit, so I do not miss a lot, but I miss going to Texarkana Country Club everyday to practice.
What words do you live by?
Philippians 4:6. I write it on my golf ball.
TXK Roots is Texarkana Magazine’s forum to highlight and honor Texarkana natives who have accomplished big things in the world. These folks may have relocated, but they took the values, education, work ethic and creativity instilled in them by growing up in this unique border city and used these qualities to blaze extraordinary trails. We asked them to share their thoughts about growing up here. No matter how far from Texarkana they may find themselves, we will always consider them our neighbors and we are proud to claim them as forever members of our extended Texarkana community. After all, “everyone is famous in their hometown!”