published Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Who golfs? Welding inspector Wilton Holder

Wilton Holder became spoiled on the sport.

Holder worked at a golf course every year in his high school days. He first worked at a course in Niceville, Fla., and then worked at the Biltmore Golf and Country Club in Asheville, N.C.

So he played for free.

"I always got free golf," Holder said. "Then when I had to pay 30, 50, 80 dollars for a round, it steered me away from the game."

But he's back at it.

And he's grown up -- matured from his early 20s into a gentleman who will stash some cash to pay for a round of golf at one of Chattanooga's public courses. He said Brainerd is his favorite.

"Working at a golf course spoiled me," Holder said. "In my prime I could break 80."

He is working toward getting back to that level of skill. He went through a specific routine almost every time before he blasted a ball from a big bucket on the driving range Tuesday at Moccasin Bend.

"My dad was pretty good," Holder said. "I got to where I admired that about him, and we started playing a lot when I got into high school."

Then he got spoiled. Now he's getting refreshed.

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