What The Masters Means to Me
By mustang6560 on 4/6/11
The Masters is celebrating two anniversaries this year - its 75th anniversary as a tournament and the 25th anniversary since Jack Nicklaus pulled off a comeback for the ages.

It seems like everyone is talking about what happened on that special Sunday afternoon back in 1986 at Augusta National as Jack rallied from five strokes back to capture his sixth green jacket and the last major victory of his career. En route to his victory, Jack shot a 30 on the back nine, which is a final round record that still stands today.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Jack’s comeback, the golf media has been asking everyone “Where were you when Jack Nicklaus won The Masters in 1986?” I was only 11 months old when this happened so I can’t answer this question with any certainty. So instead of trying to answer a question I don’t know the answer to, I thought I’d change the question to something more relevant, “What does The Masters mean to you?”

The Masters means something different to everyone. To some, it’s the start of their golf season. For a large part of the world, golf has a distinct season determined by mother nature. But by April, the cold weather finally starts to break and the snow begins its final melt. The hibernating golfers awake from their deep slumber to find new hope in the new golf season that has finally arrived.

For others, The Masters is an opportunity to make new memories with family and friends and recount the stories of old. The tradition of golf is passed on from generation to generation and it starts in the living rooms around the world. You hear stories all the time from people who say their best golf memory was watching the 19__ (fill in the blank) with their dad. It’s amazing how such an seemingly ordinary events make such last impressions in the lives of future golf fans.

And for the lucky few, The Masters means it’s once again time to take a walk through history at Augusta National. I’ve heard time seems to stand still at Augusta. Even the grounds crew and employees don’t seem to change through the years. Coming back each year rejuvenates the soul as fans are treated to the best golfers in the world as the best tournament in golf.

For me personally, the 2011 Masters marks the point in time when I become a true golf fan. I've played golf and followed golf as a casual fan nearly all my life. But since I started this job, my interest in the game has grown tremendously. In general, I am a bigger golf fan now than say five years ago. But, as my knowledge and passion for the game grows, so does my curiosity and admiration for The Masters. I am now one of those fans who sits anxiously at the computer hitting refresh until the pairings are released Tuesday morning. I’ve watch interview highlights. I’ve read golf stories online. I’ve read the history of The Masters on Wikipedia.

Unlike previous Masters that have come and gone, I am actually eagerly awaiting the start tomorrow. Starting this year, I am making Masters memories that will last a lifetime. In 25 years when The Masters is celebrating its 100th anniversary and the golf media asks “Where were you when (fill in the blank) won the 2011 Masters?”, I’ll be able to answer with certainty.

I look forward to watching the opening round of The Masters tomorrow and watching many more Masters tournaments to come. And I eagerly await the day I get to make the trip myself to The Masters to make my own walk through history.

Now it’s your turn. What does The Masters mean to you?

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dartboss04 says:
As a New Englander, The Masters definitely signifies the true beginning of the golf season. Spring is in the air, men's clubs and leagues are just around the corner, and there's nothing better than watching multiple hours to kick off the year.

It really is a sacred event at my house. There aren't many weekends that are off limits, but this is one of them. Conversation yesterday between my wife and I.

Wife: "My sister wants us to get together this weekend"

Dartboss04" "It's The Masters weekend"

End of Conversation. She knows what it means to me.
mustang6560 says:
@dartboss04- I'm teaching my girlfriend early on :)
birdieXris says:
My fiancée is coming down this weekend. I've pre-made all meals and dinner to heat up all weekend. We're going nowhere during coverage.
bkuehn1952 says:
Certainly the Masters somewhat signals the start of golf season in the Great Lakes area. However, if I have not played several times prior to the Masters, it is a disappointing start to the season.

Where once I was like Mustang6560, reveling in all things Masters related, over the years I have found I much prefer to play than watch. No matter what tournament is being held, if the weather allows me to play golf I will be on the course. The nice part about the Masters is that they have a late finish on Sunday and usually I can watch most of the action after playing.
Banker85 says:
Masters to me is about the beginning of a new golf season. The event is great and one of the best produced tournaments all year (just wish they had more air time) it is the only tournament i would rather sit inside and watch then be out actually golfing. I dont see how that could ever change.
Envythepea says:
For most golf tournaments I can record them on my dvr and watch at my convenience, but for the Masters I have to watch live coverage. I love the history, the pomp and circumstance, everything. My wife and daughters all think it's a wasted weekend for me, but I say "everybody pipe down, the Masters is on!"
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