Beating the Odds: Jr. Golfer lands national feature

"Work ethic is something you can't always teach,” said First Tee Program Director Christian Sarran. “They have to want to have that drive, and Dylan has that drive.”

Dylan teaching me a few pointers during our interview. Photo: Callynth Photography 

Dylan teaching me a few pointers during our interview. Photo: Callynth Photography 

This Master's Week there is one special golfer on the forefront of my mind. He's 11 years old and I have no doubt his future involves a few competitive rounds at Augusta National. 

A couple weeks ago I had the honor of sitting down with Dylan Clanton to discuss his upcoming Golf Channel feature. He caught the attention of the national network because of his unprecedented success in The First Tee of Greater Tyler. 

Dylan isn't like the other kids he plays with. Well before the age of 10, he and his little brother were left to be raised by his great-grandmother. 

Only by chance did his unusual home life lead him to golf. 

“I went into the garage, looked around and found a plastic bucket, a bunch of old balls, and an old rusty golf club,” Clanton said.

From then on, he was hooked. 

Today, Dylan can be found at the golf course practicing until sundown. He says the feeling of being out there is "indescribable." 

And despite his past, Dylan's is a winning athlete on and off the course. 

Our full interview is below. I think you will be equally as inspired by this young man as I am.