AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF)– Guests say Augusta National is a place where they’ve created some of their favorite memories. So we had to find out – what are those moments that made a lasting impression on customers from near and far?
Jim Swearingen first came to the Masters 50 years ago. He says he was addicted from the first trip.
“Oh I love it. I love it. I’m an Augusta resident and I can come because my brother-in-law is on the mailing list. I love it. It gives me goosebumps every time that I come here,” Swearingen said.
He says he will never forget his favorite tournament.
“Absolutely, when Larry Mize won the Masters in 1986 or 1987, I believe it was and was absolutely fantastic,” Swearingen said.
He says no other tournament has topped seeing the August native win a green jacket.
And of the 10 Masters tournaments Shawn Ledford has played in, his favorite was one of Tiger Wood’s victories.
“I would just say when Tiger won. I was looking forward to him playing again and if he wins again it would be amazing,” said Ledford.
And some customers remember less what they saw than who they saw it with.
“In 1996 I think I took my son for the first time and it’s something I will never forget,” said George Kirshy.
Some favorite memories date back half a century, but Fred Parrow says he made his fondest memory this year at his very first Masters when he saw Tiger Woods with his two sons.
“Being with family and being able to share that with my boys. It’s a memory that will last our lifetime,” Parrow said.
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