Christian. Husband. Pro golfer.
In that order.
Joel has made a name for himself as a professional golfer and as someone who gives back to the golf community through organizations like the First Tee. Born Joel Daniel Thelen on July 29, 1990, in Lansing, Michigan, he has two brothers, Brendon and Mitchell, and one sister, Rachelle. Growing up in Marshall, Texas, Joel's first job at a golf course and meeting his coach/mentor Roy Pace, inspired a late start to playing golf. In high school he posted one win and two runner-up finishes and was also named Arl-La-Tex Player of the Year in 2008.
The delayed start would not hold him back from chasing dreams and playing golf at the collegiate level. Joel started to find his game during His freshman year at LeTourneau University, where he won the Louisiana College/Mississippi College Invitational and would also place as a runner-up at both the LeTourneau Spring Invitational and American Southwest Conference Championship. He walked on the golf team at Louisiana Tech his sophomore year with high finishes of 6th in the David Toms, LSU Intercollegiate, and 5th in the Bulldog Classic. To conclude his college career, Joel joined the NAIA powerhouse Texas Wesleyan Rams where was named an All-American and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in finance. He earned two other trophies his senior year, marrying his wife, Anna, and winning again, this time by 4 shots, at The Bandit. Joel also finished runner up at the 2012 Greystone Invitational, his last and personal favorite amateur championship.
Since turning professional, there has been no shortage of highs, lows, and close calls. It’s all part of the journey.
Faith in Jesus Christ is first in Joel's life and why he excels at being a dedicated husband, working side jobs, remodeling a home, and living the dream of being a professional golfer.
Joel currently lives with his wife Anna and pup Caddie in Fort Worth, Texas.