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The Fabulous Jim Flick

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - Forgive Tyler Moore if he didn't immediately know of Jim Flick's reputation. After all, the Wildcat freshman golfer was only 11 years-old when he first started taking lessons. How was he to have known that the man fine-tuning his swing was the same man who had helped the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Lehman? How was he to have known that the man with the silver hair and glasses would inevitably change his life? 

"I thought when I first started going that it was just going to be about golf," said Tyler. "It turned into nothing like that."

It turned into much more. 

"He was a great man," said Tyler. "I wouldn't be the man I am today without him."

Flick was part golf coach, part life coach.

"He'd always tell us to go out there and have fun," said Tyler's sister and fellow Wildcat freshman golfer Haley. "A tournament's a tournament. You always have good rounds or bad rounds. Just keep smiling."

"Always be honest with yourself," said Tyler. "Always outwork your competitor."

Flick was played the role of cheerleader and motivator who let the Moore's be themselves while striving for greatness.

"He would talk a lot about us. On how good we’ll be," said Haley. "How we can play college golf at a top level."

They believed him.

"When he talks to you, he’s saying it from his heart. He’s not just making it up. He’s looking at us straight in the eye and saying that you will be playing collegiate golf."

Hard to think anything different. So the Moore's put in the work and eventually became division one scholarship golfers for Arizona. But there was an unfortunate catch. Flick wouldn't be around to see them sign with the Wildcats

Flick lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2012 at the age of the 82.

"I wish he was still here," said Tyler.

Tyler was 15 and Haley was 13 when Flick passed away. At Flick's funeral, the kids presented a tribute to their coach. It read:

JIM FLICK

THANK YOU FOR THE GOLF LESSONS.

THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE LESSONS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM, ENERGY, HUMOR AND HUMILITY.

ABOVE ALL, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU GAVE TO THE GAME. 

"He'd be talking to me and my sister on life goals," said Tyler, "Just take small steps. Don't feel like you're going to fail at life even if you're down. Just hop back up and move on."

Even though he's not here to walk with them in person, it doesn't mean he isn't with them in spirit. Just ask Haley.

"I look up at him every time I win a tournament."

And what does she say?

"I just thank him."

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