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Thoughts from The Masters

Posted By Ben Fournier - Assistant Director of Member Services, Monday, April 11, 2016

Hi everyone, I hope that y’all are enjoying the last few weeks of the semester. For my blog post today I wanted to take you through my last few days trying to get into the Masters Tournament. For anyone who doesn’t’ follow golf or hasn’t turned on SportsCenter over this past week the Masters or the “Masters Tournament” is one of the four major championships in professional golf. It is also the first major championship played each year. One of the greatest parts about the tournament is that it is played at the same spot every year: Augusta National Golf Club.

My story started about four years ago while attending the University of Maine. A few of my chapter brothers and I were watching the tournament and we all entered the lottery hoping to be selected to be able to buy tickets for the next year. Unfortunately none of us have ever been selected, but low and behold last April I found out I’d be moving to Augusta Georgia when my fiancée took a position with Augusta University. It’s been a dream of mine to get on the course and watch someone put on that Green Jacket in person.

Living a mile from the course has been a blessing and a curse. It’s great to be able to say “I live a mile from the course” but because I am not a member I always end that sentence with “but I’ve never been on the course”. I thought this would all change this weekend and that I’d get to see some of the great’s on the biggest stage, in the second best venue in the word (sorry but Fenway Park will always be number one). Due to tickets being sold out since the lottery I knew I’d need to talk to scalpers to get tickets, but lucky for me there’s a scalper or two on every corner. Well the fates were not on my side during the weekend, as most scalpers had sold out and were looking to buy more tickets themselves.  So unfortunately I did not get in and had to watch the Jordan lose his lead all from one mile away at my apartment…. but that’s okay because there’s always next year.

I learned this week that one of the coolest thing’s about a major event is what it does to the town and the people around it. This week I saw so many people looking out for one another and making sure people were safely getting to where they were going (parking for the Masters is awful, just an FYI) safely. A also saw a boom in business for all the small businesses in the area. It was really cool to see how this one event brought so many people together. Think of this when you’re planning events for your chapters, even though things may not go perfectly for everyone they can still have a huge impact on the community and everyone involved. 

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