Johnny Miller, Billy Casper reflected in new generation of junior golf

Nicklaus Miller, left, and Linkon Casper pose with their medals at a recent event. 

Courtesy Shannon Miller

It was kind of an iconic moment at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway when the grandson and great grandson of two Hall of Fame players, Johnny Miller and Billy Casper, posed for a photo after a golf tournament for 10-year-olds.

There you had Nicklaus Miller, son of BYU director of golf Todd Miller and grandson of the legendary Johnny Miller, and Linkon Casper, son of former Dixie State and UVU golfer Ashton Casper, who is the son of Bobby Casper, who is the son of the late storied Billy Casper.

You may remember Linkon’s famous great-grandpa, Billy Casper and Nicklaus’ famous grandfather, Johnny Miller.

Billy Casper remains one of America’s most successful Ryder Cup players, a man credited with basically ending the competitive career of Arnold Palmer when he beat Palmer in extra holes of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in 1966.

Johnny Miller, who recently retired as one of golf’s most entertaining, albeit very blunt, TV color commentators, set the course record of 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont, considered one of the toughest golf courses in the world.

Miller was one of the best iron players in the world in the early ’70s when he dominated desert courses in Arizona and California following an All-America career at BYU for the late Karl Tucker. He won 25 times on the PGA Tour.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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