Summarized by Eric Bunker
Johnny Miller's sons to play in NCAA tournament
Minneapolis MN Star-Tribune 1Jun99 L3
By Jon Roe: Star Tribune
Andy, Scott and Todd Miller are keeping a family tradition alive by playing
for the BYU Golf Team. Their Father, the Pro Hall of Fame Golfer, Johnny
Miller, also played for BYU.
Andy, 23 and Scott, 21, a new returned missionary, were playing last week
for the Y in the NCAA men's golf championship at Hazeltine National Golf
Club in the Twin Cities. Todd, 19 would have liked to have been there, but
didn't make the cut.
Dad Johnny would have liked to have been there also, but his schedule as
NBC-TV's analyst for the US Women's Open in Mississippi, kept him away,
leaving him to keep up with nightly reports by phone.
The BYU Cougars have taken part in the NCAA tournament 24 times in the past
34 years. Bruce Brockbank, who has been the BYU coach the past seven years,
used that legacy in recruiting Miller's sons.
"BYU has always had a special place in Johnny's heart," Brockbank said. "He
gave the golf program a boost 30 or so years ago, and now his sons are
helping to raise the level again.
"It's actually been very easy for me to coach the sons. Johnny has a lot of
input whenever I ask him, but he knows what I expect and how I expect our
players to act, and they have fit right in. That's because of the way
they've been brought up."
Although golf has always surrounded their lives as the sons of a golf Hall
of Fame father, playing golf has not been the lives of Scott, Andy or Todd.
"I played golf from the time I was 9 or so," said Andy, a junior and a
two-time All-America. "But I didn't really get serious about the game,
really start to play in a lot of tournaments, until I was 16.
"Dad always wanted the game to be fun for us. He didn't want to see us out
on the course, grinding away during a round, when we were only 12. I think
that's why the game still is fun for us. All of us are competitive, and we
want to win, but you still have to enjoy what you're doing."
Before the start of the NCAA Tournament, Andy Miller was expected to be
among the contenders for the individual title. He stood 16th on the
national points list and carried a season scoring average of 72.7.
Scott Miller is reacquainting himself with his golf game after spending two
years on a mission in and around the Cincinnati area. Scott Miller, a
sophomore, was ranked 98th on the college points list and is averaging 74.20
He said of his missionary work and golf. " We'd have one day a week off, and
that's when you had a chance to play -- when you got done with your laundry
and all the other stuff you have to do. I probably only played golf five or
The boys said that carrying around a family name famous in golf hasn't been
a burden. "I think my father has gone about playing golf or anything he
has done in life with a most respectful attitude. He has done things with
the attitude that sportsmanship is important," Andy said.
But that doesn't mean the brothers didn't inherit their father's competitive
demeanor. Coach Brockbank saw that the first time he sat down to talk with
"I asked him if he thought there was any difference in playing junior golf
and college golf," Brockbank said. "He looked at me and said there isn't a
lot of difference, no matter what level you're playing golf. It's a
tournament, you add up your score, and somebody wins. I knew right then
that he would have a good college career. He knows what has to be done, and
he gets it done."
However, golf is the most fun for the three Miller sons when it is in a
foursome including their father. "Dad doesn't take it too serious," Scott
Miller said. "He'll hit a tee shot, and then he might not finish the hole.
He'll just walk along, watch us and hit a shot when he feels like it."
Andy Miller said: "He's definitely my teacher. He and my grandfather are the
only people I've ever had teach me. I can't imagine why I'd want to have
anybody else teach me."