First off, thanks Dad for getting the tickets. One of the few examples I have heard of the ANGC lottery system actually producing tickets…and Wednesday Practice Round tickets to boot! While I am thanking people, thanks to mother nature for the perfect spring day we enjoyed in Augusta. This was a unique trip as it is one of the first times in many, many years I can remember doing anything with just my Mom, Dad and brother Tim. A special occasion for us all I think. The four of us met in Augusta yesterday mid-morning and wandered the course, mostly the back 9, eating pimiento cheese sandwiches (still a $1.50), egg salad sandwiches (still a $1.50) and drinking sweet tea, water and pink lemonade. We even saw some golfers playing golf, skipping balls at 16, and chipping/putting to tees where pins will be over the next four days. In addition to a typical practice round, we spend a good amount of time watching the annual par 3 contest. This is a relaxed event where the golfers and some of their families walk a separate and small par 3 course amongst crowds as big as you will see on tournament days. Also unique.
In Augusta-speak, we had a “pleasant spring day amongst the tall pines and southern breezes.” I hope to be able to see Augusta as well as share many more days like this one with my family in the years to come. Now, back to the grindstone. Pictures/slideshow can be found below.