9 GOLF EXPERTS ON HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME

Gary Player

9-time major championship winner; member of World Golf Hall of Fame
“I was 14-years-old when I played my first round of golf. My father took me to Virginia Park just outside Johannesburg. I was resistant to the idea, thinking golf was a sissy sport. But it was love at first sight in more ways than one. In the pro shop, I met a really beautiful girl whose name was Vivienne. Then I went out and parred the first three holes. I was hooked right then and there. But I knew if I wanted to become a professional I had to practice harder and longer than any man alive, and so I did. Oh, and I later married Vivienne. We celebrate 60 years together in January.”

Alison Lee

LGPA Tour player, member of the 2015 Solheim Cup team
“To be honest, when I first started playing golf at 5 or 6 years old, I didn’t like it. My dad had to bribe me to play with him when I was kid. But then when I was 7 years old, I played in a tournament and won. The rush of the competition and feeling of being under pressure — it motivated me in ways I’d never experienced. That same motivation still drives me today.”

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