Casper talks about golf and the gospel

The legendary golfer and LDS convert shared no shortage of stories Friday night.

With 40 or so people scattered around the chapel, Billy Casper recounted how his father and uncle converted a New Mexico cow pasture into a mini three-hole course when he was 4; how he earned $4.50 a week as a caddy at age 11 and won his first golf tournament at age 12; how he joined the LDS Church in 1966 and traveled to Southeast Asia to visit U.S. troops in Vietnam; and how a golf injury was miraculously healed following a priesthood blessing by a young apostle named Thomas S. Monson, just to mention a few.

"My life has been a fairy tale," the 79-year-old Casper said. "I have hit golf balls in 40 countries around the world. I have met presidents, kings, high-ranking military leaders and officials, and other famous people … all for following a little white ball. I am grateful for that which I have received."

The fireside featuring Casper was part of an annual golf tournament sponsored by the Utah Salt Lake Area Church Sports Program. The tournament, intended as a missionary and fellowshipping activity, took place Saturday, Aug. 28, at Stonebridge Golf Course in West Valley City.

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