Mike Taylor Athlete Profile

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor
Height: 6-0 Roster Years: 1964-1968 Hometown: Meridian, MS Hall of Fame: 1984

1984 Hall of Fame Inductee

Beginnings are often obscured in the sands of time. With a program as successful as BYU golf, it is hard to remember when you were still looking for direction. However, for Coach Karl Tucker remembering the beginning was easy-Mike Taylor.

"Mike was the first player I saw who looked like he could lead us out of the wilderness," Coach Tucker has said. Mike was All-WAC for four years to accompany his All-American status in 1966. In 1968 he was the medallist in the WAC championship and he was a regular on the team that won the first WAC golf championship (1966). Add to that the fact that he won the Mississippi State Amateur Championship 11 times and was twice a quarterfinalist in he U.S. Amateur and you have a sterling example of what BYU golf has become.

Winning wasn't all there was for Mike. "Mike had the quality of keeping everybody loose," according to Coach Tucker. "There has never been a more popular WAC champion. Even his opponents were happy to see him win."

Mike played for two years with a bone spur on his foot, which never allowed him to play without pain. But his determination and the tradition of success, which Mike initiated, goes on today as other players follow his example in reaching for the top.

Personal

  • Business management major

Career Highlights

  • All-WAC for four years
  • All-American in 1966
  • On the team that won the first WAC golf championship in 1966
  • Won the Mississippi State Amateur Championship 11 times
  • Was twice a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur

Before BYU

  • Played on state football championship team in high school
  • Former junior golf state champion in Mississippi

1964-1965 | Freshman Year

  • Mississippi State amateur champion
  • Placed third in WAC championships
  • Finished first at the Beehive Invitational

1965-1966 | Sophomore Year

  • Placed first in the Mississippi State Amateur
  • Finished second in the WAC
  • Placed second at the Pikes Peak Intercollegiate
  • Finished sixth in the NCAA
  • Named most valuable player (BYU)
  • Named Honorable Mention All-American