Vaughn Taylor's parents proud, excited

By: Tom Campbell
By: Tom Campbell

This year's Masters has a special hometown flavor, especially for one family.

They are getting to see their son play in his very first Masters.

Vaughn Taylor is the player, and his parents are Jack and Lynn Taylor.

They're out at the Augusta National this week watching the practice rounds and waiting for the moment of a lifetime Thursday morning.

Vaughn Taylor's story is the story of America. A kid who rode his bike to practice at Goshen Plantation, then Hephzibah High School and Augusta State University.

"I helped him with his golf swing when he was young," says Jack Taylor. "He had some good teachers. His teacher is Jack Lumpkin now. And he's had good support from his friends and people here in Augusta."

What's it like to see your son practicing out here with all the world's best?

"I can't...there are no words for what we're feeling this week," Lynn Taylor says. "I'm just proud of Vaughn for being Vaughn."

As you can imagine, there's some tension and nervousness in the Taylor household this week. But when Vaughn tees off Thursday, a lot of it will be released.

"When he gets out on the first tee Thursday, I think my nerves will start calming down and so will his," Jack says.

"Because it's a culmination of a lot of years of determination. He didn't do a lot of things most kids did, because he had to go to bed early, get up early to do what he needed to do for this. He has worked hard to get here," Lynn says.

Vaughn has already won twice on the PGA Tour.

He's driving up Magnolia Lane this week in a white Cadillac--a player's perk.

And he's carrying the hopes of thousands of Augustans who hope to see some real Taylor-made magic.

That big moment comes at 8:44 Thursday morning, when Vaughn tees it up along with 1976 Masters champ Raymond Floyd and Masters veteran Rocco Mediate.

You can be sure Mom and Dad will be following every moment.

Aside from the first Masters, no first timer has ever won the Green Jacket on his first try.

The magic fell to Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 when he won the Masters in a sudden death playoff.

That was 27 years ago...perhaps it's time for magic to strike again.


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