DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — At this time last year, Lyman Brackett, of Louisville, Kentucky, was in town getting ready to compete in the 71st Annual Press Thornton Future Masters when he got a text receiving bad news.
“I was playing with a couple of friends the day before I drove down,” Brackett said. “Had a good time. I drove down got a text when I got to the hotel and my friend said he tested positive for COVID.”
Immediately, Brackett contacted the tournament director to make them aware of the situation and to figure out what he should do next.
“We had to have a little emergency meeting to find out what we needed to do and unfortunately we didn’t allow him into the tournament,” Tournament Coordinator Angelia Turner said. “We just thought it was mighty brave of him to take that step and say look I have been exposed.”
After being withdrawn from the tournament, Bracket and his family drove eight hours back home to Kentucky. He says it was a downer because he was playing some of the best golf of his life at the time.
“At the end of the day, it’s just a game you know so it’s not worth injuring other people and other people traveling home and you never know what they got going on, so I thought it was the right thing to do,” Brackett said.
Now, Brackett is more than ready to showcase his skills at the Future Masters this year.
“Yeah, it feels good obviously it’s a huge tournament it’s an honor to be chosen again. I’m playing some really good golf and hopefully, I can get some revenge from last year,” Brackett said.
Brackett will tee off in the competition Thursday.