AUGUSTA, Ga. – He’s the only Augusta native to win the Masters Tournament. On Tuesday morning, Larry Mize spoke to a crowd at Warren Baptist Church about not only the game of golf, but also about his faith.
“It’s always great to be back in Augusta anytime and especially the first week in April for the Masters Tournament. And to get to come back and talk a little golf and most importantly, share the good news of Jesus Christ with people here,” says Mize.
Hundreds of fans filled the church’s gym to hear from the 1987 Green Jacket winner.
Most people know Mize for his professional golf accomplishments but now he wants people to know him as a man of God.
“My faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing to me. And to share that good news with people is what I really enjoy doing and it’s really important for me to do that,” says Mize.
“It’s nice to see people in the athletic field come and declare their faith in the Lord and these young men got up at 5 o’clock in the morning to see him,” says Rose McIver, a resident of Augusta. She was with her two young grandsons.
Mize was able to claim a Masters win at the famed course not far from his childhood home, making him a hometown hero for many young golfers.
“I’m happy they claim me. I’m very happy they claim me. I was very blessed growing up in Augusta, Georgia. It’s a wonderful town, and to get to come back here and with people supporting me so well, and they’re so nice to have me back, it’s just great,” says Mize.
Mize currently lives in Columbus with his wife and three boys, but doesn’t just come back into town for the Masters.
“My parents are still here, so I come back for Christmas, I come back for April, and I try to sneak back another time if I can,” says Mize.
Several golfers from the Augusta-Aiken area are hoping to join Mize as Masters Champions this week, including Vaughn Taylor and Kevin Kisner.