Eddie Payton

Talent Has No Color

Jackson State golf coach Eddie Payton
<p> Jackson State golf coach Eddie Payton, older brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter and an NFL veteran himself, has cast a worldwide recruiting net in building his program into an unlikely success story.</p>
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It was a frustrating afternoon for Jackson State golfer Tim O’Neal. He was having one of his best days striking the ball from tee to green. Just one thing was missing.

“I couldn’t putt it in the ocean,” the 37-year-old former PGA and Nationwide Tour golfer says of his frustrating performance at a tournament at SMU roughly 15 years ago. “I walked over to Coach Payton and said, ‘Coach I cannot make a putt.’ He thought a moment then offered: ‘Hit it closer to the pin.’”