AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) - Along the first fairway, Masters patrons can see their favorite players up close and personal, but at the practice range, for some, that barrier is even closer.
Patrons 16 and under get a special up close spot at the practice range for autographs. Fan favorites like Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter, And Henrik Stenson are among the golfers that come by.
The young patrons wait patiently while their favorite players warm up,
Even though they may not know all the players, parents and the autograph seekers say the opportunity is awesome.
"Jordan Spieth signed every autograph for every kid or adult so it was really cool. gets him to be able to see them in person which is a lot different than watching on TV" said Ken Zinkhand.
"I only see them on TV so it's cool," said Finn Gunter.
"I just got called up with my dad. My stepmom couldn't go so I went in for her. Turn around and get an autograph," said Grayson Zinkand.
Even that happens in the middle of an interview. Grayson described the experience in two simple words. "Really awesome."
And it turns out it may not hurt the game of golf.
"I think it just helps the game grow a little bit more and keep kids interested. I think it's all around good for the game," said Zinkhand.
Tomorrow patrons get a chance for a closer and less formal look at the golfers at the annual Par 3 challenge. Those autograph sections will be open all week.