Patrons and players hit the green on first day of Masters Week
sun splashed Augusta National on the first day of practice for the 2013 Masters
Tournament, as thousands hit the green to get a first look at the golf course.
tell my wife how good the grass looks, because I'll never get mine to look this
good," said Bryan Thomas who's visiting from Myrtle Beach.
beautiful," said Leslie Brooks. She's been to a few tournaments in the past.
The day was beautiful
enough for golfers to take a few swings early in the day, many hoping to earn a
green jacket and an invite into the prestigious club. Players practiced their
drives throughout the 18- hole course, getting a feel for the grounds. At the
same time others just garnered cheers from the crowd with trick shots around the green.
patrons on the course overwhelmed by the atmosphere; scrambling to find their
favorite players to snap a quick photo.
hope it's Phil!" said Jason Johnson, who drove up from Savannah.
a great experience," said Shaun Brown. It's his first time coming to the Masters Tournament. "We're trying to find Tiger. We haven't seen him yet."
a great time. I'm rooting for Tiger," said Merv Waldrop, a Waynesboro native who's happy to welcome other patrons to the CSRA.
while most of the guests wandered to each corner the course, everyone else visited
the shops getting their hands on the exclusive Masters Tournament gear.
excited to go shopping!" said Christian Domingue. This is her fifth time coming to the Masters. Last year she was walking around 9 months pregnant. She had her baby two days after the tourney. She says this year she won't be as tired walking around.
She an other patrons are stocking up before the real tournament gets started later on this week. And
though some patrons are a little worried about a rainy forecast closer to the
tournament, for now, they're just soaking in the sun.
beautiful out today, and we're just getting here," Waldrop said.