For the past six years, I have grown up knowing The Legend, Gary Player, a bit different than others. You see, I call him “Uncle Gary”. He is Bobby Verwey Jr.’s (my “Bonus Dad’s”) Uncle. When I met Mr. Player for the first time, I was 8 years old at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in Savannah, Georgia.(Apr 20 – 22, 2012) What a day that was! During his practice round he let me and my mom, Michele, ride on the cart with him. THAT is what kind of a gentleman he is. He explained to me about being kind to people, always showing love/compassion for others/animals, and most importantly how to eat healthy!!!
In this day and time, as a twelve year old “tween” in America, we have a lack of true role models. Gary Player is an amazing man. He is very busy building golf courses around the world, raising money for charities and making people smile as big as he does. We don’t get to see him very much, but I know I can look up to this man and follow his every lead. I am a young athlete/golfer myself, so if the world expects me to look up to current sports celebrities or a reality tv star as a role model, they’re nuts… I’ll take The Man over anyone!
Because of Mr. Gary Player; We have two dogs and a rabbit with plans to buy a farm soon, to put more animals on… I have to practice longer on the golf course, we are vegetarians, my mom now has a vegan nail salon and I have to help clean it with all natural products, we only have vegetables/fruit and water in the house. OH, and how can I forget… Mom and Bobby make me drink these gross green smoothies. Thanks alot Uncle Gabs! 😉 You coined me as “Little Taylor” but I’m growing fast so you can’t call me that much longer. I’m taller than you now! 😉
Happy 80th Birthday!!! I am so sorry we can’t be there. We love you so much and are so thankful for you and what you do for others. See you in South Africa in July! Give Aunt Viv a kiss from us, too.
Love always and forever,
“Little Taylor” Morland