Patron goes to his 60th consecutive Masters

News 12 First at Five / Friday, April 12, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If you want to know anything about The Masters, you should probably ask 89-year-old Hunter Gammon.

He has been coming to the tournament every year since 1954.

"It's been a wonderful sixty years," Gammon said smiling.

Though it was long ago, Gammon still remembers the first time he stepped on the course.

"When I walked up and looked down over the whole scenery, I said if heaven's any prettier than this, I don't want to miss it," he described.

For sixty years he hasn't missed out on this little piece of heaven right here in Augusta and the miracles that come with it.

"My very first trip I saw a hole in one on number six, Billy Joe Patton. Billy Joe, he came out and was talking to us before he tee'd off," Gammon explained.

That's just the start of big moments Gammon would witness over the years. He was there all six times Jack Nicklaus won the green jacket.

"I didn't know Jack as well as I did his dad. His dad was a pharmacist, and I was a pharmacist by profession. We used to walk and follow Jack and talk pharmacy," he said as he thought back through his memories.

When he's not at the course, Gammon is at the Ramada Hotel on Broad Street, staying in the same room of the same hotel year after year.

"1101. I can almost walk down here blindfolded. I've had the same room for umpteen years. I just love it," Gammon said.

"Mr. Gammon has stayed in that one room, 1101, since this hotel was built in 1976. That's the first reservation made every year," Ramada Hotel General Manager Pat Bates said.

For Gammon it has become home away from home with people that have become more like family.

"You don't shake hands, you hug the neck," he insisted.

Even after all these years, Gammon says his trip to The Masters never gets old.

"I'm looking forward to this year. What's it going to be? I would love to see this 14-year-old make the cut. Period," he said, referring to first-time Masters golfer Tianglang Guan.

So, with renewed excitement, Gammon takes his first steps into his 60th Masters.

Gammon has also been to three US Opens, three British Opens, and two PGA tournaments, but he says nothing can compare to The Masters.

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