Masters 2019: It might be spring break for many kids, but many of them opted for the Masters instead of something else

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Monday, April 8, 2019
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Kids across the CSRA are enjoying spring break this week, but many of them opted to take in the Masters with their family. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's spring break for our local schools. But dozens of kids choose to hit the course instead of heading out of town.

You can spot them, too, armed with permanent markers and the iconic yellow flag.

As soon as the ropes roll out, dozens of young golf fans line up, knowing the sport’s biggest stars are on the way.

“It feels amazing to have like a birthday,” Crew Ortiz, whose brother competed in the Drive, Chip & Putt, said. “Like this might be the best birthday of my life.”

Ortiz might only be 7 years old, but he’s onto something. Being at the Augusta National Golf Club is Davis Green’s birthday gift, too.

“I got a surprise trip for my birthday here, and I just wanted to get autographs and come see the course,” Green said.

So far, Green’s 10th year on earth is going pretty well! In fact, year 10 might be hard to top for his mom and dad.

“Sergio [Garcia] came by and I asked him to sign the flag, but he gave me a glove with it signed,” Green said.

Mason Folkerts caught Garcia’s right glove. It’s not Folkert’s birthday, but a day like this feels like it.

“It’s really cool,” Folkerts said. “I never thought it would happen, but it’s really cool.”

It’s not Disney World or a sunny beach, but grabbing autographs under the Augusta sunshine might be the best spring break these kids ever have.