No other golfer in history has played as well after starting so late in life. Travis didn't touch a golf club until he was 35, and less than a month later he won his first tournament, and two years later he reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Amateur Championships.
By Travis' 39th birthday he had won his first of three U.S. Amateurs and was the first American golfer to travel to Great Britain and win the British Amateur Championship.
Travis' career came to a close with what many call his signature win at the Metropolitan Amateur in New York when he was 53.