Masters postcard

Day Two at the Masters, Wednesday, the day before the tournament begins!
The sun-drenched day was absolutely gorgeous. I took a photo outside the gates with the sun shining so brightly, and it was a good day from there. I met L.A.-based photographer Paul Lester near the oak tree and scoreboard to get my picture taken there, for proof that I was there. You can’t take cellphones on the course, and I haven’t used a regular old camera in ages, so Lester graciously took a couple of photos for me. Lester is one of the nicest men on the planet and I found that not only does he know everyone in L.A., he knows everyone at Augusta, too.
I was introduced to Bobby Hinds, Woodley Lake’s teaching pro, and Mark White, a Wilshire CC member who, like me was here for the first time. He did some considerable damage in the merchandise shop.
I got my first walking tour of the course today from Ventura County Star golf writer Bob Buttitta, who’s covering his ninth Masters and knows most every nook and cranny of the course. And I’ve had my ah-ha moment, at Amen Corner. Sat down where you could see the 11th, 12th and 13th holes, looked at the bridge, took in a few breaths and realized how much history is there. That Corner makes and breaks golfers and while it looks great on TV, it doesn’t do it justice.
On the 13th hole, a man asked me to take a picture of him and his buddies, one of whom was wearing a Denver Broncos shirt. Come to find out, a couple of them were from Ft. Collins, Colo., where I grew up, too. Such a small world, even at Augusta.
Watched John Huh – a Crescenta Valley graduate – play in the Par-3 Tournament. Talked to him the last two days, and he seems to be completely OK with the big stage he’s about to be on for the first time tomorrow.
Was so cool to see Zach Johnson playing with his toddler son, Wyatt, who was sprinting to keep up with Johson’s walking stride. Then on the ninth hole, Johnson let his son putt out, and he made the putt. He posed over the hole, then high-fived his dad. Cool moment.

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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.