Baseball earned him early glory as a catcher on the Babe Ruth State Championship team in 1981, however Larry would carve out a career as a professional golfer. Larry played high school JV baseball but focused on varsity golf at Antioch High where he was a co-MVP as a junior. In 1984, he played at San Jose State on a golf scholarship, where he won the PCAA conference championship in his freshman year. Larry transferred to the University of Arizona, winning five individual golf title matches and two Pac-10 Conference titles in his college career, as well as First Team All-America twice. In 1988, Larry was named Pac-10 Player of the Year. His University Of Arizona stroke average as 71.60. He was inducted into the University of Arizona Wall of Fame in 1993. Larry made his Professional Golfers Association debut on Jan. 22, 1989 at the Phoenix Open. He competed in 157 tour events and placed in the top 25 sixteen times and in the top 10 four times. 1991 brought his first PGA victory, shooting 14 under par with a sizzling 63 on the final day to win the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, collecting the biggest payday of his career – $54,000.