Although he’s a newly minted millionaire, Jim Herman apparently hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
Herman, the 38-year-old journeyman who won his first PGA Tour title in Houston last Sunday and thereby earned a last-minute Masters invitation, invited members of his high school alma mater’s state championship-winning golf team to watch him in Tuesday’s practice round at Augusta National.
The one-time assistant pro for Donald Trump invited the members of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School golf team during a phone call on Monday, Cincinnati.com reported. In short order, six team members and two administrators were in a van driving to Augusta.
They met Herman on Augusta National’s third tee Tuesday, shook his hand and took a photo with him.
“Having an alum be able to play in The Masters, it seems possible (for us to do the same),” said senior Kirran Magowan. “It’s kind of like a goal that’s within reach if we work hard, and that’s what he told us: ‘Anything’s possible if you work hard.’ ”
Herman also invited his former St. Xavier golf coach, Joan Whitaker, who will attend The Masters on Saturday.
His accomplishment in Houston may have been the product of years of hard work, and Trump helped Herman along with financial backing. But Herman’s gestures in the wake of winning can only make you more glad for his good fortune.