Hometown Hero--Brian Harman

Brian Harman is a 16-year-old golfing sensation who's earned world recognition, but he's proud to call Savannah home. He's like no amateur golfer in the history of the game, winning three junior major championships is a single season--something not even a Tiger could do.

"I don't realize what I just did, because I'm so focused," he recalled. "Two months later I, sit down and say, 'Wow I won the US Junior, did what I said I was going to do.'"

And while Brian's become a giant on the course, his success has been pretty sweet for the entire family. "When he first started playing at nine, we though he'd be good," said mother Nancy. Did she dream he'd be this big? "No, I thought maybe he'd be a good high school golfer."

Just how good has Brian become? The world's best junior amateur is about to play at Harbour Town in the Heritage, a PGA event. "It really hasn't sunk in yet," he told us. "I tell people I'm going to play in the Heritage, but until I step up on that first tee it won't really hit me."

"It's quite an honor for him and great for the City of Savannah," said golf coach Doyle Kelley. "It's a joy to watch him play."

And while the world's best golfers are invading Augusta for the Masters, Brian was busy in his hometown playing in a high school tournament. "Feel a lot of pressure on me in my high school tournaments," he said. "I'm supposed to kill all those guys and I'm really not that much better than they are. But I just deal with it because it's no more than I put on myself."

"He takes no prisoners out there to win," his mom told us. "He told me once that winning wasn't that important, but he just doesn't like to lose."

"Winning for me is a mindset," he said. "I really try to incorporate that into competitive golf. Just not settle for second place. Do what I have to win."

As for playing on the world's stage in the PGA's MCI Heritage, Brian said, "I don't play any tournament just for experience. I know if I put two good rounds together, I'll make the cut."

For representing all of southeast Georgia, Brian Harman--also a straight A student since fifth grade--is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

You can watch Brian on WTOC next week at the Heritage of Golf live from Harbour Town. We'll wrap up all of the excitement in WTOC's award-winning special A Night on the Harbour, next Thursday and Friday right after THE News at 11.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email mcihla@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Mike Cihla, mcihla@wtoc.com