Augusta | Visiting the Masters Tournament is on every golfer’s wish list. A group of graduates of the Académie des Estacades golf studies program embark on the trip of a lifetime this week.
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They are six take turns each day on the Augusta National by sharing two badges bearing the iconic emblem of the tournament.
Among the highlights, Pascal Garneau wants to be the great craftsman on this trip to Georgia in a golfing mecca. The first meeting of old friends who studied in Trois-Rivieres, lovers of golf, the adventure also soon turned into a stag party in honor of Benoit Latour-La Roche.
The bride can rest easy, etiquette and respect for tradition are key in Augusta. Crazy is not allowed!
This is not Garneau’s first appearance on the Masters. Lucky, he won the ticket lottery in anticipation of the 2019 edition. Tiger Woods’ big victory was his baptism with fire. not bad.
Passionate about the sport, he also founded the golf community in Quebec Golfdudez.
The group left Quebec last week. On the way of this unique pilgrimage, they stop here and there.
In particular, they spent a night in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the emblem of American golf and the second home of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The venue has hosted the US Open three times since 1999.
Apparently, on this long road of about 1,800 km to the south, the six friends harassed the little white ball on several occasions.
But the culmination of the trip is being in the masters.
One of the “boys” has always wanted to take this visit to the Holy Green Land off his list. Philip Folio was due to be there in 2019, the year a certain tiger triumphed as master, but a career hurdle drowned out his desire.
Since Thursday, his eyes are not enough to admire everything.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I can see what I’ve been watching on TV since my childhood. I watch the players take their shots. Without being able to get in with our electronic devices, I want to remember everything. It’s unbelievable.”
When it’s claimed that “bosses” can lose their minds on their first visit, here’s another clue.
“Evil thinker. Music scholar. Hipster-friendly communicator. Bacon geek. Amateur internet enthusiast. Introvert.”