No phones, tablets or any electronic devices are allowed on the ground of Augusta National so we were lucky to meet up with Karen and Tripp not long after they arrived. We had already been there 1 1/2 hours before they were allowed to come from the hotel via vans. The competitors only had an hour to warm up on the driving range, chipping green (where no patrons were allowed) and the practice green. While Rheagan was practicing her drives, she was on the members range, there were several members who were also warming up…Arnold Palmer, Fuzzy Zeller, Freddy Couples, and Vijay Singh.
They marched from event to event in the order that they were competing…Rheagan was #9.
Bubba Watson came to watch them and after the interview, he shook hands with each of them! More butterflies and adrenalin!
Deep breath…it’s finally here!
Family viewing area…
Waiting for others to finish.
Time for Chipping…
From here they were carted to the practice green.
The they “marched” over to the 18th green of the Masters!! Here they are put in reverse order of their ranking (lowest points to highest) and wait for their turn.
They are announced by Condoleezza Rice!! She is one of 2 females who are members of Augusta National Golf Club.
She went passed the hole.
She came in 6th place just 1 point our of 3rd (3 girls were tied for 3rd).
she fell into Big Mike’s arms. She had such high expectations for herself. We said she was a winner just by being there.
Even though the competition was over, we were allowed to be on part of the grounds for another hour or so. During this time we saw several professional golfers…
Sendeker and Harris English
a unknown golfer
Snapshots from the day…
It was such a memorable day for everyone but especially Rheagan!!
At dinner, she had her first request for an autograph!!
Thank you for hanging in there and reading all of this and looking at some of the pictures from that special day. I could have put on many more…and these were just mine…just think how many more Karen has!!