After years of finishing in the top 10 at The Masters, Sergio Garcia joined the ranks of golf’s elite, winning the coveted green jacket. One of the many reasons that people around the world love The Masters Tournament is that it symbolizes springtime. For many the real golf season begins the first full week of April and in Georgia that is often when you know that spring has arrived. After months of dreariness, or worse, the colors of the azaleas and dogwoods contrasting with the brilliant greens of the more-than-lush fairways greens and the majestic long-leaf pines. For those...Read More
Author: Stephen Delaney Hale
Nobody saw Danny Willett coming two years ago, Sergio Garcia wasn’t among the favorites last year, and who bought Mike Weir (2003), Zach Johnson (2007), Trevor Immelmann (2008) or Angel Cabrera (2009) in their Calcutta parties? Usually it’s the stars who win The Masters, but sometimes its fading stars and a couple of times a decade its players you have to admit you hadn’t ever heard of. Here’s a few Dark Horse picks by the Augusta Magazine staff – but they really aren’t that much of a stretch. They are all proven winners. Bubba Watson He was not on...Read More
As March arrives golf fans around the world await, with fond anticipation, The Masters and make their predictions on who will don the green jacket. Residents of Augusta, Aiken, S.C. and the surrounding area already have most of their plans made. Those who have badges for the tournament are making party plans and inviting people who will remember the experience for a lifetime. Those who don’t have access to the tournament are making vacation plans. Those in the restaurant, hospitality industry hire more temps than during the Christmas runup and prepare for what is often half of their profit...Read More
The game of golf has been led by men of great talent and great character all of whom have exemplified the ethical standards so much a part of the game—integrity, respect, honesty—in addition to their outstanding athleticism. There were Old and Young Tom Morris of St. Andrews, Scotland, and into the next century were Ted Ray, Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet, Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones followed in time by Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. And the list goes on. All of these iconic athletes were admired as much for their honorable approach...Read More
Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Masters week now kicks off a day earlier with the establishment in 2014 of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Final, a competition among 80 qualifiers from across the country, ages 7-15, on the Sunday before the Masters. Everyone involved, no matter what their age, gets caught up in the excitement of watching these young athletes compete on the same grounds that inspire the best that golf can produce. Starting this May from preliminary competitions at 256 host sites throughout all 50 states, 40 boys and 40 girls will earn an invitation to...Read More
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