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Woodyard brothers inherit father’s love of golfing

WARNER ROBINS — It’s a good thing Ryan and Tyler Woodyard love golf.

After all, it’s a family tradition.

Ryan and Tyler both started playing golf almost as soon as they could walk. Their dad is golf professional Krag Woodyard.

“I liked it right away,” Ryan said. “It was just fun to go out and play with him.”

Ryan, a senior at Warner Robins High School, has played for the Demons varsity team for two years. Tyler, a 10th-grader, is also a member of the Demons golf program.

Ryan plays golf about five times a week, Tyler about three times.

Both have won their share of tournaments, but a love of the game is what keeps them on the course.

“It is just a fun sport to go out and play,” Ryan said. “It is something I can do for a long time. You can’t play football all your life.”

Trying to decide who is the best golfer in the family is a little difficult, since both boys claim the title.

“I always want to play better than he does,” Ryan said.

Tyler added: “But he doesn’t do it.”

Said Ryan: “It is back and forth. I win one, he wins one.”

But years of practice have helped Ryan and Tyler accomplish one thing: beating dad.

“The first time was about a year ago,” Ryan said. “I had to really start playing a lot though.”

Ryan was last year’s Waterford Golf Club Junior Club Champion, and Tyler finished in second place. Tyler was the 2009 International City Golf Club’s Junior Champion, and Ryan finished in third place.

Both brothers are past Houston Lake Country Club junior golf champions and past Houston County Junior Amateur Champions.

At Warner Robins High, they both have earned the Low Medalist award, Ryan in 2008 and Tyler in 2009. Both boys were selected last year to represent Middle Georgia in the Georgia State Golf Association’s annual state team championship, with Ryan in the 16-18 age category and Tyler in the 14-15 age category.

Ryan and Tyler competed last year in the inaugural Middle Georgia Junior Golf Tour, which was co-founded by their dad, and won several of the monthly tournaments. They will be playing the tour again this year, which was scheduled to start with the opening tournament Saturday at Waterford Golf Club.

The key to success in golf, according to the Woodyard brothers, is staying positive and listening to dad, something that isn’t always easy for any teenage boy.

“He does know what he is talking about and is always right about our games,” Tyler said. “But I don’t always want to listen to him.”

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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