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"Knowing Will, and how poised he is and watching him play for years, I knew that he could do it," Marshall Edwards told CBS 11 Sports.
BILL JONES: 24-year-old Will Zalatoris didn't win the Masters on Sunday, but the Trinity Christian Academy grad made sure his debut appearance at Augusta was memorable. His second place finish impressed everyone, everyone except his former high school coach. That's because Marshall Edwards knew Zalatoris could compete with the best in the world.
MARSHALL EDWARDS: But knowing Will and how poised he is and watching him play for years, I knew that he could do it.
BILL JONES: Edwards coached Zalatoris for four years on the TCA golf team. He tells us the Masters runner-up remains close to the program. Zalatoris has proven to be quite a mentor for the Trojans, both on the course and off it. And the national spotlight only inspires the TCA golf team even more.
AIDAN DORTCH: He's a huge inspiration, so it makes me just want to push that much harder.
WESTON MCCABE: It's really cool to see him and kind of grow up watching him play. And I mean, it's just-- it's inspiring because it's something that I would like to do. And so it's cool to see him do it.
JACK MORRISON: And I think he's someone that we can all look up to and kind of try to model his game a little bit and model who he is as a person, because who he is as a person is greater than who he is as a golfer. And it's awesome.
BILL JONES: Will Zalatoris, Doug, a name to remember, finished sixth at the US Open, second at the Masters.
DOUG DUNBAR: And I heard, right, that Romo predicted it, right?
BILL JONES: That's exactly right. He's good friend with him.
DOUG DUNBAR: Who would've thought that?
BILL JONES: Yeah. [LAUGHING]