On Your Side: Surviving the Masters

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

March 30, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---For many people, attending the Masters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...but if you don't take a few precautions, you won't enjoy it as much.

12 On Your Side has a few ideas for Masters Week.

If you're one of the lucky few to have scored a badge to step on to the hallowed grounds known as Augusta National for the Masters, be proud. A lot of people would love to be in your shoes.

You may even want to let loose a little while you're here...but be careful. If you let too loose you could end up in quite a bind.

Here are a few things to remember.

There will be plenty of pollen, so if you've got allergies, take your allergy medicine regularly before you get there.

Beyond that there's not much they can do besides limiting the amount of time they're outdoors," MCG allergist Dr. Dennis Ownby told 12 On Your Side.

Don't forget, the sun will be shining...so bring a hat and don't skimp on the waterproof sun block.

"As the sweat comes down, the sunscreen can lose its efficacy," Dr. Ramon Parrish of MCG Family Medicine said.

Fluids like water and Gatorade will be your friends, or else you could get heat exhaustion or become a heat stroke victim.

"Those people don't sweat," Dr. Parrish said. "Their temperatures go to 107, and if they survive, they frequently have nerve impairment for life.

If you do plan on partaking in a few adult beverages, moderation is the key. Of course, it can make you dehydrated, but doctors at MCG also say they see a number of alcohol related injuries during Masters Week from people falling down after having too much to drink.

Augusta National has a long list of forbidden items, which you can read on our Masters page.

So, there you go: a few reminders to get you through the tournament.

If you don't have a badge, we have one piece of advice: just avoid Washington Road for a week and you'll be a lot happier.

News 12 is the place to be if you don't have a badge. Our special coverage starts Sunday night at 11:15 with the Tee Off to the Masters.

We have a special Masters preview on Monday night at 8 o'clock.

You can watch the entire tournament in High Definition on WRDW-DT.

And, of course, you can see the final rounds here on News 12 starting at 3:30 Saturday and 2:30 on Sunday.

Visit our Masters page for all this information and more, plus News 12's complete coverage of the 2007 Masters.

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