“Fore please, Tiger Woods now driving.”
That’s how Tiger Woods is introduced on the first tee at Augusta National when he competes in the Masters Tournament down in Augusta, Ga. It’s the same for every other player in the field, with the politely Southern, “Fore please” before getting to the next player to tee it up.
The man who is the first-tee starter and announcer for the Masters Tournament is, of course, an Augusta National Golf Club member. His name is Toby Wilt, and he has a long history in golf.
Wilt was the first director of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, holding that post for 19 years. He founded the Golf Club of Tennessee in 1991 with partner Bronson Ingram. He’s a member of the Vanderbilt University Athletics Hall of Fame, where he played on the golf team, as well the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Wilt teamed with Brandt Snedeker to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour.
In addition to his esteemed golf career, Wilt has become a titan of industry as president of TSW Investment Company (Toby S. Wilt, get it?). He is the chairman of the Christie Cookie Company. Of course, connecting the two — Wilt’s golf career and his professional career — is why he has become a member of Augusta National and has for years been the voice of the first tee at the world’s biggest golf tournament.