Tuesday, April 9, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- They say the weather is one of the toughest opponents at the Masters, and that doesn't just go for players. It can also be difficult on patrons.
When the azaleas are in full bloom, Augusta National is breathtaking. The flowers and all their glory are only temporary, though. At best, they have a few weeks.
Their time depends entirely on the weather, much like those who get one shot to see them on the famous golf course.
Dean Shippey: "This is our only day. We have tickets for Tuesday practice round."
Beverly Rombach: “It's the first time we've ever been here."
Mark Dickens: "It's my very first time."
When it started to rain on their parade, they tried to squeeze every last drop out of this experience.
Meredith Anderson: "First time, too?"
Tom Sowles: "First time, too."
Beverly Rombach: "There's major things we have to do before we can leave!"
Meredith: "So you just got here?"
Mike Lebednick: “Ah, yeah. Just here about 10 minutes ago...after waiting in traffic for about an hour."
Mark Dickens: "Well we hit the pro shop right away. Beat the line. That was the best play of the day."
Shortly after, the sirens sounded and evacuation orders followed. Play was suspended.
Beverly Rombach: "I thought you were going to be the police the golf police and make us leave right now."
Meredith: "No, no no!"
Beverly: "We just got out of the gift shop."
Most of the people we talked to today this was their first and only chance to come to Augusta National. As disappointed as they were to have to leave, they say they're still grateful they got to step foot on these hallowed grounds.
Dean Shippey: "It's better than nothing."
Michael: "It's just one of them things. It's the hardest ticket in sports to get, you get it once in a lifetime and you never get it again."
Some patrons got a few hours others a few minutes. "We just walked to see the golf course, and they said we had to leave. So we didn't even get to see it, except for right here," one patron from St. Louis, Missouri told us. She only had a badge for Tuesday.
Eventually, the gates opened back up, but for so many of these patrons, weather cut their time short, much like the azaleas. Even they are now starting to droop and drop.It appears their moment might be getting cut short, too.
Beverly Rombach is from St. Louis. She said she was crying in her hotel this morning texting her kids about the rain. Her kids said they’ll figure out a way to get you back here next year.
So many people come from so far away, but it's springtime in Augusta. We've experienced all four seasons during Masters week, so it's always a gamble.
Patrons tell us, it's always worth it.