Wilson was legit as a junior golfer, breaking 70 on a "dive little muni" as a 14-year-old in Maiden, N.C., near Charlotte. Dad Clifford, an electrician, used electrical tape to make his first club, a sawed-off 2-iron.
Now he plays army golf off the tee — left, right, left, right — saying: "I don't hit it that far. Got those bad hips."
But he is magic on the greens. Oldest son Trey has his first-string putter, a 1981 Ping Anser. But even with his backup, a TaylorMade Ghost Spider S, he rolled in four from outside 15 feet, crushing my spirit with a birdie after I reached the 512-yard Silver No. 7 in two.
Wilson said his lights-out putting is about more than mechanics. He believes he'll knock in every putt.
"It's positive energy versus negative energy," he said. "When I'm on the tee box, I'm thinking: 'Don't hook it; don't slice it.' "
18 Holes with … Kevin Wilson
Five-second bio: The third-year Indiana coach helped develop Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and Zak Kustok at Northwestern.
Where: Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove (member tees: 6,721 yards).
Wilson's handicap: "8, but I don't play to it."
What he shot: 94 (on a 50-degree day with 20-mph winds).
Wilson on his game: "I'm not overly serious. I'm not going to cuss or throw my clubs."