Growing up as the son of a PGA Tour winner can put pressure on a young golfer to perform well and live up to expectations. But Tyler McCumber is making a name for himself as the senior captain of the Florida Gators Men’s golf team.
McCumber was named a Division I PING Honorable Mention All-American honors and was selected to the PING All-Southeast Region and All-SEC Second Team. He ranked second on the team in stroke average (72.8), percent of rounds counted (88 percent), scoring differential (3.51), birdies made (115), and top-10 finishes (seven). McCumber finished off his season with a tie for second at the NCAA Championships. He was also named to the 2011 and 2012 SEC Community Service Team.
“I just want them to say that I didn’t leave anything on the table, that I gave it my all,” McCumber said. “Putting in the work and directing the team as best I can, that’s definitely my legacy.”
McCumber has been around the game of golf his whole life. His father, Mark McCumber, played on the PGA Tour from 1979 to 1994, winning ten times and also played on the 1989 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Although his father did not force his son into the game, but once Tyler McCumber realized his potential to succeed in the sport, he looked to his father to take his abilities to the next level.
“He’s been a positive influence. He’s been my mentor, my teacher,” Tyler said. “Obviously he’s taught me most of the things I know about the game, especially before I came here [to UF].”
Although he has aspirations of playing professionally and leaving a legacy as an individual competitor, his goals for his senior season are purely collective. The Gators finished tied for 12th last year at the NCAA Championships, just a few shots of getting into the match play round, with McCumber finishing in a tie for second. He hopes that those results will be a little different this time around.
“Our goal for the season is to prepare ourselves for the postseason and get as good as we can get going into SEC’s, and then continuing our success there,” he said. “We have nothing to look back on but good memories and good thoughts.”