Thursday, April 11, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's the 83rd year of the Masters tournament and there's a lot of history in those years.
From the beginning, the tournament has prided itself on having some of the most knowledgeable patrons, and these people know the game.
At Augusta National, the history of the course and the tournament run as deep as the roots of the clubhouse oak. With the history of these hallowed grounds comes patrons with knowledge and an appreciation for what's come before.
“It’s the mecca of golf. Everyone that's in golf is here," said
"Many years ago I used to fly over here and we'd land at Daniel Field and the taxi cabs would bring us up Magnolia Lane," said
That's why News 12 hit the practice area, asking patrons how much they really know about this place. Let's start with the easy stuff.
Question: "What was Augusta National before becoming a golf course?”
Correct answer: “Berkmans Nursery."
Question: “When did the Masters tournament begin?”
Fan answer: "50??1950??"
Fan answer: "37?1938?"
Correct answer: “1934"
But it wasn't called the Masters tournament just yet.
Question: "When was it coined the Masters tournament?
Correct answer: “I think Bobby Jones called it the Masters in 39."
Now, for something just a bit more modern.
Question: "True or false, Tiger Woods has won 3 green jackets and he's going for his fourth.”
Correct answer: “Has he already won four or just three??? I think he's going for his fifth"
Question: "What did Sergio Garcia name his daughter shortly after winning the Masters tournament?”
Fan answer: “Magnolia? I don't know?”
Correct answer: "Oh gosh I know this one. After a plant, one of the flowers? An Azalea?"
Like those Azalea blooms, the history and their knowledge just keep growing.