He was an All-Tri-Valley League player from 1974-76 notching Player of the Year honors in 1976 while breaking the league scoring record with a 72.43 average. In his senior year at San Marcos, Pate was a member of the 1977 CIF Champion team and an All- Channel League selection.
Pate attended Santa Barbara City College from 1977-79 and UC Santa Barbara from 1979-82 where he earned his BA in business economics. At SBCC he was the Western State Conference Player of the Year in 1978 and an All-WSC selection in both 1978 and 1979. Pate was the No. 1 player for the Gauchos in 1980 and 1981 also earning Academic All-American honors in 1981.
Pate played professional on Mini Tours in California and the Southwestern United States from 1982-84. He has won over 150 tournaments, including six Santa Barbara City Championships, 33 Club Championships, and the 1999 Southern California Amateur. He has qualified for 17 United States Amateurs and Mid-Amateurs and represented California in the USGA State Team Championship in 1995 and 1999. However, his proudest achievement is winning the SCGA Parent-Junior with his son, Matthew, in 2011.
Involved in his community, Pate serves on the board of the First Tee Central Coast and has coached baseball in both the Goleta Valley South Little League and Santa Barbara Pony League as well as coaching basketball in both the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club and Mount Carmel School. He was a previous board member for Catholic Charities.
Pate is a senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Susan, son Matthew (12) and daughter Taylor (11).