DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – 21-year-old Dallas native, Jordan Speith heads into the final round of the Masters Sunday with a four stroke lead, after breaking tournament records for the lowest scores ever coming out of the second and third rounds.
At the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmer’s Branch, members remember Speith as a “skinny, little kid” who made his mark early on.
Golfing instructor Joey Anders gave him his first lesson.
“It was pretty exciting, even at that point. He was 8 years old. We gave him an hour of lessons and in an hour every ball was in the air….Kind of unheard of, at 8 years old, especially for a first lesson,” he said.
“The fact that I still remember that lesson tells you how uncommon, that is.”
Anders plans to be in Augusta, Georgia Sunday to watch his former student close in on a green jacket.
“We all had dreams we were thinking about, but fear of failure, growing up too fast kept you from getting there. He acted on it,” said Anders
Club members have anxiously been watching Spieth close in on a coveted Green Jacket.
Patricia Thompson has known Speith since he was in the first grade with her daughter.
“I know his mother, and I feel like his mother sometimes. I think, oh my gosh, he’s gonna miss that put.”
“I’m just filled with pride,” said Walter Hubbell, whose own son looked up to Speith growing up. “I saw the talent, and to see it work out… like the kid who turned out to be everything we thought he could be.”