A Tradition Unlike Any Other

August, Georgia is famous for a few things such as Pimento cheese sandwiches, great southern hospitality, and a golf course that is on every golfers bucket list to play, AUGUSTA NATIONAL!!! Fortunately, I was able to go for wednesday’s practice round last week, I nearly fainted when I found out I was going. It was not only the opportunity of a lifetime but an experience unlike any other. Contrary to my fellow bloggers belief (Dylan!), golf is a sport that displays the beauty of landscapes across the country on the PGA Tour. Augusta National Golf Club is the landscape the golf course architects dream of. Not a single misplaced bunker, creek, or even flower on the property displays stunning beauty and unmatchable serenity.

Well all of that was besides the point. The Masters is a major that everyone dreams of winning, including us “average joe’s”. This seems to be the century of the young guns. The ultimate example may be the Thursday/Friday pairing of twenty year old Rickie Fowler, twenty-one year old Rory McIlroy, and twenty-two year old Jason Day. Two of the three finishing in the top 20 while all three were in contention through three rounds. This makes us ask, what generation has the upper hand? The experienced or the athletic?

Rory McIlroy was competing in his third Masters this year and held the lead from start till….not quite the finish. You may recall last year when Rory set a record at the Old Course at St. Andrews at the British Open, shooting a crazy sixty-three and following with an eighty. A stunning change of pace you may say. Well, this year the nerves set in a few rounds later. Rory held the lead till the final day were he dropped another eighty. As a true fan I would love to see one of our young kids win the Green Jacket, at the other end of the spectrum how sweet would it be to see Freddy Couples win or another old timer. Being a fan of golf is easy right now. From the amount of times I heard the name Tiger last week, I can still assume people are on his bandwagon. Even if you are not a Tiger fan, there are plenty of stars to follow. The young generation introduces a new name monthly it seems and the older generations continue to snap back to the top right when you think their gone.

Could it be any more perfect? My list of favorites has grown increasingly as the years go by. It’s fun to watch this game when more people can contend, and honestly who likes to see Tiger run away with victories by ten?? I’m kidding, of course, I can’t wait to see that happen again soon! Who do you like? Who motivates you? What generation will you cling to?  Who deserves a Green Jacket?

Peace, love and green jackets,

Alex Carney


About Alex Carney
Creative minded students with a will to keep you up to date on everything going on in our local and national culture.

2 Responses to A Tradition Unlike Any Other

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Great post man. What an amazing Masters, one of the best I’ve ever seen in my life for sure. It was painful to see Rory McIlroy collapse in the manner that he did, especially for such a young kid to go through something like that wasn’t a pretty site. However, it once again was a little frustrating to see another supposed great talent to falter down the stretch of a major tournament and even though it wasn’t surprising to see I would like to see someone step up every now and then on a consistent basis. At this point in time I’m not sure whether I see McIlroy being the guy but at least it opened the door for another guy to step up in Schwartzel who did a tremendous job on Sunday. There were so many guys in contention that it was just fun to sit back and watch the action unfold. Golf is back in a big way and the Masters again helping show why April is the best sports month of the year. Also, you think you could check my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/rory-McIlroy -another-wasted-talent/

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