Last week was a great week for me. On Tuesday, I went to the home opener for the Braves. We lost the game but the tailgating was great and good to be back at the Ted.
Then, Thursday was the best day. The best.
In fact, my coworkers have been asking, “so how was the Masters?” My response, “Oh, you mean the best day of my life? It was incredible.”
Did I go to the Masters this year?
Heck yes I did.
Minus the fact that I was ornery on the drive up after leaving my phone at home. Who me, ornery? I know, it’s hard to believe. And yes, I knew that I couldn’t take my phone onto the course but still, sometimes you just get mad at yourself and aren’t a good sport about it.
We made it to Augusta early Thursday morning, the first day of the tournament round and when we walked through the gates, it was like stepping into a whole different world. I’d say Heaven on earth.
The grass was perfectly groomed. The gravel was even painted green. The beer was cheap. The food was really good. The azaleas were gorgeous though not fully in bloom. The sun was shining with utterly perfect spring weather. There were lines for the men’s bathroom but not the women’s (can I get a what, what). (We’ll ignore the fact that somehow Jim still beat me out.) The people who work there were so, so nice and friendly. It was wonderful to just be us and the course, no checking of phones, no technology, just paying attention to golf, taking it all in, and of course quality time with Jimbo. The whole environment at the National was excellent.
I was so happy. We walked most of the course and saw so many golfers (including standing right next to Bubba when he teed off- being a short girl has its advantages when men let you stand in front of them). We then retired to sitting on 16 for a while and then at 13 and 14 in the grandstand. We saw Phil, Ernie, Freddie, Luke Donald, Bubba, Sergio, Adam Scott, Rory, just everyone.
Everything they say about the Masters being magical and unlike any other place is true. I didn’t want to leave. I’m so grateful that I had the privilege to go. It really was a perfect day.
Yesterday when Bubba won and Adam Scott put the green jacket on him, I could have frozen that tv frame, just beautiful. Then, Bubba, a true Dawg, celebrating his win at Waffle House, double win.