April 9, 2009
AUGUSTA---They call the Masters the toughest ticket in sports. That's why, in years past, you didn't see too many kids on the course once the Tournament started on Thursday.
Augusta National recognized that fact, so last year they started the Junior Pass program. It allowed patrons to bring children in on their badge for free.
We certainly saw more kids last year when the program started, but this year we've noticed even more. Parents are thrilled to be able to share the magic of the Masters with their kids.
"I want him to come down here and be able to enjoy the experience of this place," said Chris Twitty of Columbia. "There's no place else like it in the world. And he's got a love for golf even at six years old that I probably never had, and he's been excited about it, telling me he's gonna go all year, even though I had not asked him yet."
Again, the Junior Pass program allows children to get into the Tournament on a patron's badge. It's for kids ages eight to 16.