Jason Allred, at age 32, leads the Miccosukee Championship after Thursday’s first round. In second place and one stroke back, at age 23, is Chris DeForest.
But the player spectators were most intrigued with and somewhat familiar with because of his last name was Guy Boros, the oldster who at age 48 comes just seven years short of matching the age, the combined age, of the top two players.
Boros was three strokes back of Allred, who birdied two of the first three holes for a 7-under-par 64 at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.
Chris DeForest took an opposite approach from Allred, bogeying Nos. 1 and 2 but then rallying for five birdies on the back nine by one-putting eight of the final nine holes for a 65.
“It was beautiful to start early [a 7:30 a.m. tee-off] and see the sun rise and do what you love to do,” Allred said.
Said DeForest, who celebrates his 24th birthday Friday: “I hit a lot of good shots after those first two holes. It was a pretty solid day.”
However, in the background looming as trouble for those two was Boros.
Yes, the name Boros is more than familiar to golfers and golf fans, particularly in South Florida. Guy Boros is the son of Julius Boros, the winner of three majors, including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship, a Hall of Fame member and winner of 18 PGA Tour events.
Guy Boros remembers his father, who died in 1994, well and fondly, and talked about him after his round.
“I remember watching him as I grew up,” Boros said. “He made the game look awfully easy. He didn’t have the problems I have with the game, but he was a good man — on the golf course and off.”
Guy Boros caddied for his father at various times, carrying the bag and walking courses with him.
Julius Boros’ death came from a heart attack while playing at the Coral Ridge Country Club in Broward County.
At that time, South Florida had become home for the family, with Guy attending Northeast High in Fort Lauderdale and playing on the golf team there.
His father was one of the people who got Guy started in golf — and not with the usual plastic clubs many kids begin with.
“I was 3 or 4 and I had regular clubs,” he said. “I think they were cut down Julius Boros clubs.”
And if Guy could put together a dream foursome, he has said his first pick to play with him would be his father.
Guy knows all too well that fame doesn’t come easy in golf these days, and that the ability to play the game isn’t automatically passed down from generation to generation.
He hasn’t enjoyed the success of his father, but it’s a different era, and all things considered, he has done well.
He has one PGA victory in his career (the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open) and three victories on the Web.com Tour. His somewhat-vagabond career has also included stints on the Asian, Canadian and Australian tours.
“I’ve had a couple of bad years, but it’s still fun,” he said.
Why does Boros keep chasing the golf dream?
A simple answer: “I’ve been playing golf for 30 years. I guess it’s all I know.”