Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Masters - Par 3 contest

The Wednesday of Masters week is perhaps the most charming day of the week at this wonderful sporting event--the first major of the PGA's Tour year. While the actual tournament doesn't start until tomorrow, the annual Par 3 Contest is played today--as it is every Wednesday of tourney week--on the par 3 course that is a part of the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.

Introduced in 1960, the Par 3 Contest that year was won by Sam Snead. The contest is played each year on the par 3 course--nine holes with a par of 27 which measures 1,060 yards in length. Just like the 18 holes of its big brother, the course is a dramatic montage of beautiful east Georgia landscape.

It's at the Par 3 Contest that you see buddies caddying for their tour pro friends, or children of the pros caddying for their dads. The competition is relaxed, the laughs are many, and the charm is abundant.

The kicker--no winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win The Masters. So, while the competition is enjoyed by all, there is a certain desire to play well...but not win.

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