Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Happy 90th, J.R.

With a hat tip to the Local Golf Insider column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, let's join in wishing a happy 90th birthday to Benbrook resident J.R. Taylor.

Taylor, the Star-Telegram reports,

... began caddying at Worth Hills Golf Course, which is now part of the TCU campus. He also caddied at Glen Garden Golf & Country Club with future golf legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.

Often, Taylor carried two bags at a time make extra money. Occasionally, the golfers he was caddying for would let Taylor hit their shots when nobody was looking.

By the time he was 12, Taylor owned two Model-T Fords and some cows. Later, he became an assistant golf pro at Worth Hills. Then, he got the head pro job and was the first head pro at Pecan Valley Golf Course.

Taylor first shot his age when he was 64, and continues beating his age regularly today. He retired from the life of a golf pro a while back ... all the way back in 1962. But for years afterward he continued teaching children, free of charge.

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