Derek joined the Jim McLean Golf School at Red Ledges in May 2011 after finishing the Jim McLean Instructor Certification in Doral, Florida. Derek started his golf career by competing in the U.S. Junior Amateur and with collegiate competition at Drake University alongside Former Masters Champion Zach Johnson. Upon graduation he turned professional and qualified for various mini-tours, including the Dakota Tour, Golden Bear Tour and Gateway Tour for three years. After that he worked at Jack Nicklaus’ private golf course, The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida, where he worked as a teaching professional and assistant golf professional.