Words by Terrell Manasco | Image by Blakeney Clouse
When Alec Grant was a kid, he would trail his grandfather around the golf course at Musgrove Country Club. There weren’t many 12-year-olds playing golf at the time, but Alec was one of them. As it turns out, playing with adults taught him more than how to address the ball.
“I saw these people in a different light,” Alec says. “They treated me as an equal and it gave me a great deal of confidence.”
With golf lessons from club champion Paul Boteler and instruction from PGA pro Wayne Griffith, Alec refined his game. He tried out for Walker High’s football team, but head coach D. Joe Gambrell saw a talent for golf. At the age of 15, Alec organized the school’s first golf team.
He was soon playing the number one position, finishing fourth in the 1963 Musgrove Country Club Championship. He finished second in the state high school and state junior tournaments and was a four-time winner of the Musgrove Country Club Championship. His course record of 64 remained unbroken for over ten years.
In 1967, Alec became the first golfer from Walker County to receive a golf scholarship when he accepted a 4-year scholarship to the University of Tennessee. From 1965-70, he played in approximately 60 golf tournaments, placing first or second in 15 of them.
In 2002, Alec was inducted into the Walker High School Hall of Fame. “I’d like to think I had some influence on other golfers beginning to play golf,” he says.
Now 71, Alec still enjoys golf, whether he’s playing at Musgrove Country Club or in Scotland.
“It is something you can play with anybody at any time, male, female, young or old,” he says. “It’s the game of a lifetime.” 78