TGA students love learning about the prizes or awards players get for winning various golf tournaments. Perhaps the most unique one for men’s golf is awarded every year in April at Augusta National Golf Club: The coveted Green Jacket.
The 83rd Masters Tournament will take place April 11-14 in Augusta, Ga and once again have a small field of competitors vying for the first major victory of the season.
The men aren’t the only ones competing for a major tournament and a unique prize this month. The ladies tour also has the year’s first major tournament, the ANA Inspiration, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California on April 4-7.
Like the Masters’ Green Jacket, the ANA Inspiration is perhaps most notably known for its champion, along with their caddie, jumping into Poppie’s Pond to celebrate the victory.
As this year’s golfers get set to tee off, here are a few interesting aspects of each major to get you started:
|1) The Champions Dinner is held annually the week of the Masters Tournament and is for members of the club and those who have won the tournament. It is hosted by the defending champion, who this year is Patrick Reed.
|2) Last year’s ANA Inspiration required a record breaking eight-hole playoff before Pernilla Lindberg was able to emerge victorious.
|3) While no amateur has ever won The Masters, as many as five of them are housed in a room atop the clubhouse called The Crow’s Nest throughout the tournament. Entry into the room is through an unmarked, hidden door.
|4) This year’s ANA Inspiration field has 26 major champions competing, including every major champion from the last five years.
|5) Because of its rich history, the Masters Tournament is invitation only. Only past champions and players who earn their way into the field based on performance will be teeing it up.
|6) Australian Karrie Webb and American Brittany Lincicome look to become the first golfers to win the ANA Inspiration three times in their career.