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Hard not to be a gawker at the Masters

Tourney time

Posted: April 14, 2013 - 12:07am

While schools were out this week I had a chance to take in a little golf.

That’s one of the perks of working for The Chronicle’s Columbia County bureau: getting to work the pinnacle of the sport, The Masters.

For some of the journalists there, I’m sure it’s just a run-of-the-mill week covering a major sporting event, not unlike the World Series or the Super Bowl. But for me, it was definitely a thrill.

The hardest part was being in the media room, which looks more like a launch control room at NASA. They say you should act like you’ve been there before, but it’s hard when there’s a Who’s Who of journalists who I have followed and admired.

People like Christine Brennan, who I read for years in the Washington Post and now in USA Today. Or guys like John Feinstein. author of A Good Walk Spoiled and 20-plus other books. I tried to catch up to Scott Van Pelt, another Maryland guy, but never got the chance.

For the two days I was there in the beginning of the week, I think I was professional and didn’t act too much like a fan-boy. It is cool to be able to do a job with the top athletes in their sport at a place where everyone wants to play.

I got to cover the
Par-3 Contest Wednes­day. While it’s the day before the start of the tournament, it is also a fun day where golfers have wives, girlfriends or children caddy for them. Some take it more serious than others, but all in all the atmosphere is a relaxed one.

Not that I was specifically celebrity sighting, but it’s hard to miss Condoleezza Rice, one of the Augusta National’s first two female members, standing on the tee box on No. 6 talking to the golfers and their entourages as they played through.

Tourney time

With The Masters and spring break over, things really rolling for high schools.

The Region 2-AAAAA tennis regionals are at Georgia College and State Monday for the girls and Wednesday for the boys.

Tuesday, there are four home games for soccer in the Region 2-AAAAA playoffs. Greenbrier will play host to girls and boys games; Evans will host a boys game and Lakeside will host a girls game. At Grovetown the Region 2-AAAAA Track Championships begin at 10 a.m., and the finals conclude Thursday.

Also Thursday, the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Region Golf Tournament is at Bartram Trail beginning at 4 p.m.

Friday marks more
home games as Green­brier and Evans play host in the Region 2-AAAAA baseball playoffs.

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