It costs Fleckman and his wife between $350 and $400 a week to make the tour, but he manages to save a few dimes by filling his pockets with sugar packets from clubhouse grillrooms. Since turning pro, Marty has earned almost $8,000 in prize money. He also signed with MacGregor for a cash bonus and now uses their "VIP" Nicklaus clubs, with two slight modifications in the forging. He has not yet become affiliated with any clothing manufacturer, but he has acquired an agent to handle such matters, should they arise.
Life on the tour has been pretty much what Fleckman expected it to be. "You make your own friends, go your own way and do what you want," he says. "Everyone has been pretty good. When I turned pro I remember that Jack Nicklaus made a special trip to the tee to wish me good luck, and that's something I didn't expect anyone to do. No one out here plays up to anyone else, that's for sure. Why should they? At the Open last year some writers said that Palmer snubbed me. He didn't. He said 'Hi' to me when he saw me. What do people expect? All I expected was 'Hi.' I'm certainly not going to go around and play up to any other pro. And I don't expect anyone to play up to me."