Kaufman is a recovering lawyer turned full-time investment banker, advising boards of directors facing capital-structure challenges. A former college sports journalist, he has morphed from a broken-down Yale lacrosse player to a broken-down golfer; like his clients’ financial situations, his golf game is distressed. Kaufman likes to frame the current golf scene in the context of golf’s rich history. He is a strong advocate for return of the stymie. He is a member of the Met Golf Writers Association.