AUGUSTA (AFP) — Reigning US Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci follows a family tradition this week by playing in his first Masters over the same iconic Augusta National layout his grandfather tested in 1938.
Strafaci, among six golfers making a Masters debut Thursday, is the grandson of Frank Strafaci Sr., who played in the 1938 and 1950 Masters and who finished ninth at the 1937 US Open.
“I never got to meet my grandfather, but he has been a very integral part of my life,” Tyler Strafaci said. “He was a huge part in how I was raised, how my father raised me.”
“My grandfather came from nothing. He came from Italy, his family did, and he became a great amateur golfer. He had quite the unbelievable career coming from no money. He was very inspirational.”
“So just being in the Masters and playing a tournament that he did, it’s a dream come true.”
Strafaci Sr. won the 1935 US Amateur Public Links title and the North and South Amateur crown in 1938 and 1939, a title Tyler took last July, some 81 years later.