The Masters - My Favorite Tournament
For as long as I can remember, my favorite golf course has been Augusta National and my favorite tournament The Masters. There is something incredible and unique about Augusta.
My First Visit To The Masters® 1997
My first visit to Augusta was in 1997 with Paul Stankowski where he finished in the top 10. Paul was in second place after the first round, one shot behind John Huston. Paul made an incredible recovery in the first round on 15 after his second shot went over the green. The flag was located in the middle-left of the green and he hit a towering flop shot off of a tight lie to about two feet leading to a birdie 4.
Augusta has an aura to it, a feel like no other golf course I’ve seen. I have been fortunate to play it twice, both rounds after the recent changes in design. I will never forget the privilege of walking across Rae’s creek to the 12th green and over to the 13th tee. Amen corner is simply stated an amazing experience for any golfer, amateur or professional.
Of course my most satisfying memory is that of Mike Weir winning the Masters in 2003. He made a clutch 6-foot putt on the 18th green to move into a 1st place tie with Len Mattiace and went on to win in a playoff. As a golf instructor, nothing can compare to watching one of your players accomplish their goals. That was truly an incredible feeling.