ASHEVILLE – Like a lot of retirees, Skip Taylor plans on playing a lot more golf.

But the long-time teacher and coach at North Henderson High has a different schedule than most, setting his sights on an opportunity to play on the PGA Tour Champions.

Taylor, 57, retired on July 1 after spending the last 25 years teaching Health and Physical Education, coaching golf and 21 years of coaching basketball.

He celebrated his retirement this week by playing in the Skyview Golf Tournament at Asheville Golf Course, where he finished eighth and earned $700 after rounds of 67-74-69-210 (6-under).

A long-time top amateur player in WNC, Taylor decided to turn pro several years ago and now has a plan in place to see how far he can take his game.

“My wife and I are going to get a RV and start traveling to play in golf tournaments,” he said.

Later this month he and Jenny will head North to compete in some state opens, including Maine and New Hampshire.

He’s looking for a unit with a large bed that will accommodate the 6-4 frame of the former college basketball standout at Greensboro College.

Taylor has a friend he prefers not to name that is helping sponsor his quest to play well enough to earn a spot on the PGA Tour Champions.

He has played in two Champions events in the past with limited success – “I beat maybe a couple of guys at the (Raleigh) tournament about five years ago and I beat one guy in the Dick’s Sporting Goods (event) three years ago,” he said with a laugh.

Having always played a lot in the summer when he wasn’t teaching, Taylor is looking forward to having more time and energy to put into golf full time.

“We don’t have kids so I was able to practice a lot, but now that I’m retired I can see where this will take me,” he said.

He admits it is a long shot and an unconventional way to prepare for playing against the best senior players in the world, and he knows the odds are against him.

“They make it so tough to qualify and earn a spot on the Champions Tour,” he said. “They want to see Fred Couples play, not Skip Taylor.”

But he is determined to find out if he has what it takes.

“I feel like I can get out there and compete with them,” he said. “You have to believe you can do it. I’m just chasing a dream, and I plan to enjoy the journey.”