The Final Countdown to the 2017 Masters Tournament

    By Kristen Doolan

    The first week of April is steadily approaching and we are just days away from Augusta National®’s gates opening once again for the historic Masters Tournament. To help you get excited and ready we are counting down our favorite Masters’ fun facts. From the azaleas to the repeat winners… here we go!

    20. The first Masters badges were sold for a whopping $2.20. It’s the .20 cents that really got people.

    19. Number of qualifications needed for an invitation to The Masters®. (Check out the list here)

    18. Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Speith (2015) both found Masters wins at 18 under par. Best tournament scores placed during the tournament’s history.

    17. Number of repeat winners who have claimed The Green Jacket. (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, Horton Smith, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ben Grenshaw, José María Olazábal, Bubba Watson)

    16. Best hole to watch during the practice rounds and par-3 tournament is 16, Redbud. Here, golfers are known to attempt to skip balls across the pond, an absolute must see.

    15. You will find a bridge on hole 15, Firethorn, named for the famous double eagle by Gene Sarazen in 1935.

    QuintEvents-The-Masters-Tickets-Packages-Augusta-Georgia-Golf-Course.jpg14. The number of Non-Americans to win The Masters®, including three-time winner Gary Player.

    13. Looking for the much talked about Azaleas? Head to Number 13 for the perfect picturesque moment.

    12. How many pimento cheese sandwiches we plan on eating. (To be honest, probably more)

    11. Named by then Sports Illustrated writer, Herbert Warren Wind in 1958, hole No. 11 starts the famous “Amen Corner”, where you will find some of the rounds most heated action.

    10. 10 out of the last 10 Masters winners were under the age of 40, had played in at least 1 Masters Tournament before their win, were not the defending champion and were not ranked World No. 1.

    9. April 9, 2017. Sunday at The Masters®.

    8. Augusta National® gates open sharply at 8:00am EDT each day.

    7. The number of days you can attend the tournament. Practice Rounds held Monday – Wednesday and Tournament Rounds held Thursday – Sunday.

    6. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most wins at Augusta National® with a total of 6 Masters wins.

    5. 5 under par was the winning score for Danny Willett in last year’s tournament (2016).

    4. The Masters Tournament was established in 1934 and was won by Horton Smith that year.

    3. If you should find yourself victorious on Sunday at The Masters® you are automatically invited to play the year’s 3 other majors, the U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship. (This invite is good for the five years following the win)

    2. The final round of The Masters® is always played on the second Sunday in April.

    1. The Masters® is the first of the four major championships to be played each year.

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    After reading all those fun facts about Augusta National® and The Masters Tournament, how could you not want to attend?
    QuintEvents has official Masters badges, with hotel and premium hospitality options for you and your group. Make sure to check out The Tradition, QuintEvents premium hospitality, located just across from the main gates of Augusta National®. It truly is the perfect place to grab a drink, enjoy some gourmet food, relax and/or start your day, to make your trip to The 2017 Masters® a truly all-inclusive experience.

     

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     

    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.