NEW ORIGINALS: Matthew J. Middleton


Matt Middleton on the Green

Lives in:  Harlem, New York
Home course:

New York Country Club (New Hempstead, NY)

Playing: About 15 years
Handicap: 16
Favorite course:

Corales Golf Course (Punta Cana, DR)

Bucket list course:

Augusta National (Augusta, GA)

*Most memorable golf moment:

I was on fire one day at Pelham Bay, broke 80 with a chance to shoot in the 70s for the first time, but came up short on the last two holes.

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What three words describe your golf game?

Jekyll and Hyde.

How are you playing this year?

Not enough!!!!

How did you first become interested in golf and what steps did you take to start playing?

I was doing a lot of business with Def Jam Records at the time, so the Chairman of the company invited me to play with him in a charity golf event. I obliged, went and bought some clubs, took a lesson at Chelsea Piers (in NYC), attended the event and proceeded to tear up that beautiful golf course with my terrible play! LOL.

But I was hooked after that experience.

How often do you play / practice now?

When the universe is right, I get to play at least once a week and hopefully hit the range once week.

What’s the one thing that’s had the biggest impact on your golf game?

Playing with good players and paying attention (picking up tips from them), relaxing and focusing on each hole, one at a time. But at the end of the day, nothing beats practicing and playing as often as possible.

What was the first major purchase you made related to golf & how much did you spend? And what made you think it was time to invest in your game?

I guess it was when I got fitted for a set of clubs for the first time; spent about $1,500. I’d started playing more often and my scores were more respectable/lower, so I figured it was time for an upgrade.

Matt Middleton in the fairway

How and why you did you get involved with Original Tee?

Wendell Haskins is a good friend, I love the game, I love his vision and I love the event as a whole. We get to compete every year against players from around the country, honor someone who has made an impact, and fellowship with family and friends. Can’t beat that on a Sunday in July!

Have you played in the OTGC?

Yes, of course! I played in the very first OTGC, at New York Country Club, I believe, and I have not missed one ever since then. I returned the favor and invited the Chairman of Def Jam to come join me at the first OTGC. Had a great time, great networking and supported a worthy cause.

What about the annual OTGC do you look forward to?

Years later, now I look forward mostly to bringing my family out to enjoy the resort and my kids having the opportunity to learn, play and be exposed to the game.

What do you find is the hardest thing to correct if you’re doing it wrong?

During a round, the hardest thing to correct is my tee shot if it’s going badly that day.

What’s more important, the long game or the short game? Why?

Short game, by far. I mean, yes, you need to be in the fairway, but the most shots each round are on and/or around the green. That’s where your scores begin to really drop!

What do you remember about your favorite round of golf?

It hasn’t happened often enough, but just being in a zone and feeling like a pro, like you can do no wrong. It feels great and it’s a lot of fun when it all comes together and you’re out there looking like you know what you’re doing. LOL.

What’s the most you’ve won/lost on a round of golf?

I won about $500 one round, but also lost $1,000 once.


Matt @ BESLA 2012 Speaking

Matthew J. Middleton is Of Counsel to the law firm of Sweeny, Johnson & Sweeny, LLP, a full-service entertainment law firm in midtown Manhattan. Matt has been practicing law for over 21 years and has over 17 years of experience as a transactional attorney in the area of entertainment law.

During his career, Matt has represented various reality TV stars, as well as Grammy award-winning recording artists, songwriters and producers, including Kanye West, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, K. Michelle, Keyshia Cole, Fabolous, Cam’ron, DMX and the estate of the Notorious B.I.G., where he brokered the deal for the hit movie, “Notorious,” about the life of Christopher Wallace. In addition, Matt represents talented DJ and model, Beverly Bond, and her NAACP Award-winning television show, “Black Girls Rock!”

Matt attended Howard University School of Law on a full merit scholarship, after graduating from Howard University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a minor in Business Administration. Matt is a member of the New York State Bar, where he is admitted to practice, and presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA); and was recently named 2014 “Entertainment Attorney of the Year” by the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section.




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