With this week’s long overdue announcement of the admission of two female members, what’s next for Augusta National? Will it be hamburgers instead of the highly overrated pimiento sandwiches? Or full 18 hole coverage on Thursday and Friday? Or chopping down a few trees near the 18th tee, widening the hitting tunnel beyond the current six to eight yards?
Let’s try something really unique. How about a Senior Masters Tournament for the over 50 set on the Champions Tour? Why not? It could be run in October, not stealing any attention from the April classic date. Greens would still be lightning fast. I’ll bet Billy Payne could get UGA, Tech and the Falcons to either play on the road that week or at night. Anyway, what better doubleheader could there be but to walk the hallowed grounds of Augusta on a Saturday afternoon, then drive an hour to Athens for a night game between the hedges, then drinks and dinner at The Last Resort?
Who wouldn’t want to see Freddy Couples against Mark O’Meara against Tom Watson against Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam and Larry Mize and Fuzzy Zoeller and Bernhard Langer and Craig Stadler.
I’ll bet Gary Player would show up and play, maybe even Arnold and Jack. Faldo could come out of the booth. So could Lanny Wadkins and Greg Norman and Curtis Strange and Tom Lehman and Mark Calcavecchia trying to win their elusive Masters.
Past ‘dignitaries’ could get special invitations. Ed Sneed. Roberto DiVincenzo. Isao Aoki. Jumbo Ozaki.
This is too good of an idea not to happen. Ratings would be enormous! I’d stick with the same green jacket, maybe with a different patch denoting Seniors. Maybe with bigger font so they can read it.
But I doubt the current leadership will do something this bold. Like admitting minorities and women, it will take nearly a century.
So remember in this Internet age where all things in print live forever, when Augusta National Chairman Herschel Walker IV announces in conjunction with their global sponsor CBM, that they will host the first ever Senior Masters Tournament in October, 2108. You heard it here first!
Simon Trapp is a writer for The Sports Blitz Network and can be contacted at STrapp@TheSportsBlitz.com.