Tip Price Interview
Price tees it up with the Pros
There are only a couple of things Tip Price can’t do at a golf course. He can’t rent a golf cart and he can’t buy a beer.
On the course the 11 year old Greenville Country Club golfer looks right at home. His game and his mannerisms look nothing like a pre-teen junior golfer.
This week Price added another experience to his young career by teeing it up in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Last month, before the Masters, Price won his age group competition at Augusta National. The contest tested some of his skills, the BMW tournament gave him a chance to use his entire game.
“It was different because it was a full round in a tournament with a pro golfer,” said Price. “It is really cool to be part of it,” he said.
Tip and his father Brian played in the same foursome. Brian was paired with former South Carolina standout Sean Kelley while Tip was teamed up with Scott Langley.
Langley won the Panama Championship on the Web.com Tour in February. The two time All American from Illinois was amazed by the young golfers game and behavior.
“I wish I could have hit the ball that well when I was 11 years old,” said Langley. “Tip is really impressive in the way he handles himself on the course. He acts just like an experienced PGA pro and he plays quick, which is great,” he said.
The young golfer wanted to make sure he was ready for his first tournament. He wasn’t sure which set of tees he would play in the Pro-Am, so to be ready he practiced from the members tees at Thornblade just in case. Price played from the senior tees in the tournament.
The young golfer was able to help his pro on a couple of holes, but thought of his round as mostly “up and down,”
“I made a few putts and hit the ball okay. It was fun. I learned it is is important to keep a positive attitude the whole round. Some putts are going to drop for you and some won’t, you just got to keep trying,” said Price.
The middle school golfer’s experience convinced him that this is where he wants to be someday.
“I want to be here in 15 years, or anytime I can, I just want to keep playing golf and having fun,” said Price.
After playing 18 holes in the BMW tournament Price wasn’t done for the day. Thursday evening Price took to the mound for his baseball team as the starting pitcher, before getting a good night;’s rest and back on the course in the morning.