News 12 @ 6 Monday July 7, 2008
Augusta, Ga--You might be able to take Charles Howell III out of Augusta, but you can never take Augusta out of CHIII. This week the best example of that with Howell lending his name to the Amercian Junior Golf Association's Club Car Tournament at Champions Retreat with Howell as host.
Today the Augustan native was back in town to meet those taking part in the pro-am style practice round and remember his moments when he was a junior golfer criss-crossing the country playing in events just like this. At the ripe old age of 29, Howell isn't that far removed from those days and has some good advice to those taking part.
"The advice I'd give is to work hard" said Charles Howell "When you find something that you love to do and obviously golf is something these kids love to do, just continue to work hard at it because there's always someone working harder then you."
For Howell, it's been an interesting year. He's coming off a 22nd place finish at the AT&T National and has 9 top 25 finishes. But he's yet to really contend for a title. That goes hand in hand about not having his exemption to play in next year's Masters as of yet. He's fully aware.
"Obviously the most important tournament on my schedule is The Masters and its solely because of Augusta. Yea it's obviously very important and it's always in the back of my mind as I'm sure it is in the back of the mind of Vaughn Taylor. The Masters is there and the qualification process for it and oh yea, you're always thinking about it."
Up next for Howell, the British Open which starts a week from Thursday. The junior tournament at Champions Retreat starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday.