AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – The first round of The Masters kicked off Thursday morning. Thousands of patrons headed to the course early to catch their favorite golfers tee off.
IFor 80 years this course has witnessed new traditions, yearly traditions, and traditions passed down through the generations, but which ever it is you make, it will be “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.”
For more than 3 decades, the Gunters have been patrons of The Masters.
“At one time you could bring you chairs in and set them up there on the 18th hole and so we used to do that. We would go to church on Sunday morning for the final thing and we would come. A friend of ours would have our chair set up there and we come in and sit down there by 18th,” Fred and Anne Gunter told WJBF News Channel 6.
The couple says they had one tradition they used to follow every time they came to Augusta National Golf Club.
“Several years ago, when IHOP was just down the street, we used to walk from our house to IHOP, eat breakfast, and then walk onto the course.” the Gunters said.
Although things have changed around and on the course since they started coming in 1978, on thing remains the same.
“Well we always try to eat an egg salad sandwich for breakfast and then we try a pimento cheese sandwich for lunch,” the couple said.
Patrons like Rick Ebrey and his wife stick to their early routine.
“We kind of like putting a chair up at hole 18. So we do that and we have a nice placement of our chair because out at Augusta National once you get your chair down nobody messes with it and then we come back here and have what we call a victory sandwich” Ebrey told WJBF News Channel 6.
Ebrey says this year he is trying out a new ritual to send some good luck to his favorite golfer.
“Rickie Fowler and I both went to Oklahoma state. So I have to represent!” Ebrey said.
Yet, some first-timers are making new traditions and following advice from experienced patrons.
“They said that you should soak in every ounce of this golf tournament. That this is hollowed ground and it’s an amazing event,” Chris Orr told WJBF News Channel 6.
Most of the patrons WJBF News Channel 6 spoke with said the same thing, you just have to experience The Masters to understand how true the saying actually is, “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.”