Raymond Finerty and his son, Keith, on the 18th green. (WRDW-TV)
Sunday, April 14, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Millions around the world watched on TV as Adam Scott became the first-ever Australian to win the green jacket, but thousands braved the rain at Augusta National to see it in person.
For Raymond Finerty, the entire day was a dream come true.
Raymond, 59, has waited his entire life for the chance to come here. After growing up in Ireland, he moved to New York decades ago.
You wouldn't know it by looking at him or talking to him, but Raymond is battling an incurable form of cancer. Getting to experience the Masters is his last wish.
Thanks to the Dream Foundation, the first and largest wish-granting organization for adults, he and his son, Keith, were able to come and see golf's greatest stage at Augusta National.
Just after sunrise on Sunday, Raymond Keith crossed Berckmans Road and headed toward the course.
They headed through the gates, got their badges scanned and walked onto the grounds of Augusta National.
Their first stop inside was the famous scoreboard along the first fairway.
Raymond was able to get his chairs down in the second row of the 18th hole so he would be able to take in all of the Sunday afternoon action. He and Keith checked out their seats.
Raymond is excited to be there and got to check out his first glimpse of golf, watching one of the players teeing off on the first hole.
It was a day for the books. Raymond and Keith were invited to come inside the clubhouse and even take a picture with the coveted trophy.
On Sunday, Raymond was trying not to think about why he was there ... but just that he was there.
"It doesn't get any better than this," Raymond said.