Whenever Jordan Spieth competes, you can bet 15-year-old Grayson Beck is watching, like the final round at last year’s Travelers Championship.
“I did see his hole-out, I did from the bunker, I thought that was cool,” Beck said of Spieth’s final shot during the playoff hole.
Spieth is this teen from North Carolina’s favorite golfer.
“He always seemed like a nice guy to me,” Beck said. “He’s always nice to the fans, just seemed like a real nice guy to be around.”
Grayson and his family are in Connecticut for the first time.
“He has cystic fibrosis so his CF care team at children’s hospital in Winston-Salem North Carolina nominated him for a Make-A-Wish,” Grayson’s mother Tammy Beck said.
Wednesday at the Travelers’ Celebrity Pro-Am event, Make-A-Wish Foundation made Grayson’s dream come true.
“I got to walk the 18th hole of the course with Jordan Spieth and I got to use his putter on 18 green and putt for him,” Grayson said. “Very exciting, wasn’t expecting it, got my heart rate pumping.”
“It was just surreal,” Tammy said. “Never thought he would have the opportunity to do something like that, still very emotional, but it was awesome.”
Grayson said Spieth shared some advice with him and a joke.
“He told me that he would take a short and straight ball on the fairway over a long ball in the rough anytime,” Grayson said. “He said if he could hit more fairways he’d have more hair left.”
Beck had a message he wanted to share with his favorite golfer that he hopes he’ll get after the first round.
“Thanks for allowing me to putt on the green and thanks for letting me walk on the course,” Grayson said. “I’m just thankful he let me do that.”
This week Grayson’s family got to visit the USS Hartford submarine as part of the Make-A-Wish week.
Spieth also gave Grayson a signed glove and golf ball out of his bag.
The family will be back Friday for the second round of the Travelers Championship before heading home Saturday.