Since Sue and I hail from Augusta, Georgia, we can’t NOT give Augusta a shout out for their annual week of fame: glorious Masters week. To be frank, I know very little about the Masters Golf Tournament. The reasons are as follows: 1) I have only been once, 2) it’s hard to get tickets, and 3) I dislike golf. Not only do I think golf is boring and an awkward sport to play, but it seriously takes forever to play 18-holes. WHO HAS TIME THAT MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS? Oh, turns out a lot of people, my parents included. My parents are avid golfers and used to play 2-3 times a week (before moving back to Korea). My dad was most disappointed that I never caught on to the sport and quickly gave up pressuring me to learn when he realized my only interest was in driving the golf cart. Perhaps I would take more interest in the sport if all the players looked like Adam Scott, but alas, most do not. The year that I did actually go to the tournament (2000?), I was close enough to Tiger Woods to see the pimple on his face — but even his presence did not inspire me. I was more preoccupied with finding shade and griping about all the walking I was having to endure. Misery.
Did you know?
- The tournament was initially called “Augusta National Invitation Tournament” until 1939 when it was changed to the Masters Tournament. Co-founder Bobby Jones initially found the name Masters too presumptuous.
- The Augusta National Golf Club was built on the former Fruitland Nurseries and each hole is named after flowers and trees.
- The Masters started in 1934 and has been played every year since except for 1943-1945 because of World War II. The course was given over to grazing cows to support the war effort.
- The first international player to win the Masters was in 1961 by Gary Player, who hails from South Africa. He also won 2 more green jackets in 1974 and 1978 and also holds the record for playing the most Masters tournaments at 52 starts.
- Masters winners only get to keep the coveted green jacket in their possession for one year until they have to return it to the club. After that, they get to wear their jacket upon visiting Augusta National at any point thereafter. Reoccurring winners use the same green jacket each time — unless it no longer fits!
- Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore became the first two women members of the Augusta National Golf Club on August 20, 2012. Prior to this date, women were not allowed to be members.
- You can order everything on the food and beverage menu for under $60. Pimento cheese sandwich = $1.50. Chips = $1. Snickers bar = $1. Budweiser = $3. Lunch for $6.50. Booyah.
All eyes on you, Augusta. Who will win the coveted green jacket this year?