GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro is a time-honored tradition for many people, and this year's tournament is bringing back plenty of memories.
Damian McHugh can list a million reasons why he’s glad to be at the Wyndham. He started coming to the tournament in the 1980s with his uncle, who taught him to love the sport.
“My uncle Tony used to take me out with a sawn-off 5-iron, and we’d play on the soccer field of my old school in England. We couldn’t afford to go to a golf course, but I would hit balls and his dog would run after the balls and he just kind of made it fun,” McHugh said.
He wanted to make the sport fun for his own children, and his family uses it as a way to share time together. Being at the tournament reminds him of other life-changing relationships he found through golf.
“One of the wonderful reasons why I like to come back to Sedgefield is one of my dear late friends won the competition here many years ago when it was the GGO. His name is Billy Casper,” McHugh said.
He said the golf legend became like family to him. The sport has brought McHugh other dear friendships, including with Australian golfer Cameron Percy, who is playing in the 2022 Wyndham Championship.
McHugh holds a coin in his hand as he supports Percy from the other side of the ropes. It’s a coin from the first golf tournament in Casper’s memory, and it reads, “God could use you today, don’t give up.”
The Wyndham Championship will continue in Greensboro through Sunday.