Twin Teenagers meet Masters heroes at the course

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- As a parent, sharing the magic of the Masters with your kids can be a once in a lifetime experience, but for one dad from Michigan, it became a race against the clock.

Chase and Harrison Tasker are identical twins with an identical fate.

"All they've done is play golf their entire life, until this disease has come on," said Tom Tasker. He says it came out of nowhere when they were 14-years-old and junior golf champs.“Eventually, it's eyesight. Hearing. Speech. It all goes, and the fatal part is the heart."

You can tell it affects their father's heart, too.

"Yeah, it's pretty tough," he said. "But we're here. They're enjoying themselves, and we're having a good time, and it's all good."

It only got better. Jordan Spieth stopped by to say hello and to snap a few pictures.

The camera actually stayed out for a lot of the day and was able to capture Jason Day.

The man in the middle of the boys is Anthony Netto. He's with the Stand Up and Play Foundation. He was injured in combat in Iraq, but he says being able to play golf again saved his life. "It's so easy to do," he said. "The little white ball is more important than licking your wounds."

That's why Netto pays it forward.

"They can play golf again," Tasker said. They can stand up in the chairs, play golf."

Today it was all about the players, including Mr. Player himself. "I bet a lot of your buddies wish they were here this weekend," Gary player laughed. He also stayed and chatted about who they think will win the tournament. One brother has Spieth, and the other has Bubba Watson.

It's an experience none of them will ever forget.

It came just in time. Dad says Chase and Harrison are running out of time. "So that's why we're here so they can hear it, see it, because eventually, they won't be able to."