William McGirt, who is participating in the 2017 Masters Tournament, is married to Sarah McGirt. The couple tied the knot in 2004. They are the parents to two beautiful children – daughter 1-year-old Caroline and 4-year-old son Miles Cameron.
Although the 37-year-old McGirt turned professional in 2004, the 2017 Masters is his fist time playing in Augusta. He’s currently #53 on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Here’s what you need to know about McGirt’s wife and family.
1. They Both Attended Wofford College in South Carolina & Lived in the Same Dorm
McGirt played college golf at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated in 2001.. While there, he met his future wife, Sarah.
Sarah wrote in a column for PGATour.com that they lived in the same dorm room, but didn’t meet until one of her sorority sisters introduced them. They finally had their first date on March 2, 2001 and they “just knew from the first date that we weren’t going to be seeing anyone else ever again.” She wrote that she knew they were serious when he gave her his “calling card number” when he traveled to Florida for a tournament.
In January 2003, McGirt proposed to Sarah during her senior year at Wofford. They married on May 29, 2004, the same week McGirt turned pro.
2. She’s Currently the Vice President of McGirt’s Business
According to her LinkedIn profile, Sarah has been the Vice President of McGirt’s WCM Golf since January 2011. Her role includes managing the business, making travel arrangements, managing expenses and handling the affairs of a pro athlete.
Before that, she worked at Adidas from 2005 to 2011. She was fist a Distribution Compliance Analyst before being promoted to Operations Analyst.
She earned a B.S. in History from Wofford. McGirt’s site notes that the family still lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
3. Sarah Quit Her Adidas Job When McGirt Got His PGA Tour Card
McGirt spent the first five years of his pro career on mini-tours. As PGA.com noted in 2011, he finally got a big break in 2009 when he reached the last stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. That meant he qualified for the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 2010. A year later, he finally got his PGA Tour card.
“She was working 50 or 60 hours a week, and when they started building the center, 70 or 80 hours. She busted her butt for seven years. For two of those years, she was paying all the bills,” McGirt told PGA.com in 2011.
“When he got his PGA Tour card, I quit my job,” Sarah told GolfWeek in April 2017. When she worked at Addidas, she couldn’t go to his events. When he was on the Web.com Tour in 2010, he was away for 15 our of 16 weeks at one point.
Now, Sarah is able to travel more often with McGirt. She traveled with him to Augusta for the 2017 Masters and the original plan was for her mother to take care of their children. But on the first day of the Masters, her children were in Augusta to surprise them.
“Immediately we were back to reality,” she told GolfWeek.
4. McGirt & Sarah Have 2 Young Children
McGirt and Sarah have two children. Their son Miles Camerion “Mac” MGirt is four years old now and daughter Caroline is a year old.
“My diaper-changing game is about a plus-5 right now,” McGirt told The Robesonian in January 2016. “(I’m) glad to be back playing golf again. It’s going to take some time to knock the rust off.”
“Seeing William with Mac everyday reaffirms why I fell in love with him years ago,” Sarah wrote on PGATour.com. “I couldn’t ask for a better daddy for my little boy! I love our little family so much! I thank God every day for William & Mac and the life we have built together.”
5. Their Son Mac Is already Taking Golfing Lessons
In a 2013 interview with the Register-Herald, Sarah said she wants Mac to “be a normal kid,” even though he spent so much of his infancy on the road.
“We are going to keep traveling now, because we won’t be able to do it forever. It’s important that Mac is able to play sports and to be a normal kid,” Sarah said in 2013. “So much of his life will always revolve around his dad’s job. We want him to have something of his own.”
However, GolfWeek did report in April 2017 that Mac already started taking golfing lessons.
“Mac is a great stress reliever for Will, no matter how he plays,” Sarah told the Register-Herald in 2013. “Just to have him at that last hole, whether he’s played good or bad. He knows we will always be there for him.”