The Backstory on the Kid Who Made An Ace in Front of Tiger Woods

March 4, 2016
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That’s how 11-year-old Taylor Crozier described his tee shot seen ’round the web.

In case you missed it (but surely you didn’t), on Wednesday Taylor played the inaugural round at the Tiger Woods-designed short course at Bluejack National, a new golf property outside of Houston. On the 81-yard 1st hole — with Woods and more than a hundred other on-lookers gathered around the tee box — Taylor coolly teed up his ball and launched a soft, arching shot toward the green. The ball landed pin high on a downslope about 10 or 15 feet left of the hole. And then it started rolling…

“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” Taylor said afterward. “I thought it would stop on the hill, but it keep rolling.”

Yep, right into the hole.

“Unbelievable,” he said. 

From there, the scene played out like something from a Lifetime movie. The crowd erupted. Taylor pumped his fists. Woods gave the youngster a celebratory hug.

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Too good to be true? Nope, it just seemed that way. “We invite anybody who think this was staged in any manner to come down and give it a shot themselves,” said Casey Paulson, president of Bluejack National.

So … who is this kid? Taylor lives in Bishop, Texas, about 20 miles from Corpus Christi. He has been playing golf for three years at the Lozano Golf Center, a public facility in Corpus Christi. The ace was his first, but not the first for his family. His mother, Melissa, made a hole-in-one at a par-3 course in San Antonio, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Until Wednesday, Taylor had never missed a day of school, and his star turn apparently didn’t earn him any extra vacation days. Taylor was already back in class at Luehrs Junior High School on Thursday. 

“It was his first hole in one,” said his uncle and coach James Nolen, who was on hand to witness the shot at Bluejack, “but it won’t be his last.”