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Author: John Boyette

The Jaguar

Augusta University is one of the smallest schools that fields a Division I golf program. Undergraduate enrollment is just over 5,000, and the Jaguars play at the Division II level in seven other sports. Yet the school has always had a strong golf program, and nearly a decade ago it caught lightning in a jar not once but twice as the Jaguars won back-to-back NCAA championships. Augusta, already the toast of the golf world because of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, had something else to crow about. With Patrick Reed and Henrik Norlander packing a 1-2 punch...

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Jones’ Heir

Most everyone has that certain friend on social media who is always posting something funny. You know the type. He or she is always pushing an endless stream of memes, videos or jokes that inevitably bring a smile. Like this one: “If a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a Milk Dud or an Udder Failure?” Bob Jones IV is that guy for hundreds of his Facebook followers. The grandson of legendary golfer Bobby Jones is a sports and clinical psychologist who practices in suburban Atlanta, and he says the lighter side helps him keep things in perspective. “There’s...

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The Prominence of Chairmanship

The New Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley   Augusta National’s newest chairman is a scratch player who still gets a tingle down his spine every time he enters the club. Ridley, 65, took over for Billy Payne when the club reopened for its season in October. The real estate lawyer who calls Tampa, Fla., his home is the first chairman to have ever played in the tournament; Ridley won the U.S. Amateur in 1975, and he played in the Masters the following three years. But he spurned the chance to tee it up against the likes of...

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In a Year’s Time

How far has Kevin Kisner come in a year’s time? THE AIKEN NATIVE has gone from toiling in relative anonymity on the PGA Tour to rubbing shoulders with, and beating, the game’s top players. He’s been paired with Masters champion Jordan Spieth and he played alongside Jason Day at the U.S. Open. Witness his interaction with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy during last year’s FedEx Cup playoffs: Kisner’s nephew, Robbie, is a huge McIlroy fan and he asked if his uncle could get an autograph for him. A few weeks later, Kisner cashed in the request. McIlroy took off his glove...

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