Kids steal spotlight during Masters’ Par 3 contest
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The Par 3 contest might as well be a cutest kid competition.
The annual event at the Masters delivered some of the most adorable moments of the week Wednesday.
Ryan Moore’s 18-month-old son, Tucker, pounded a plastic driver into the ground as he ran across the practice green. Scott Stallings’ 14-month-old son, Finn, putted balls with a small driver and was a star on several holes, stumbling around as he balanced the whole walking and swinging thing. Kevin Streelman carried his 4-month-old daughter, Sophia, to the first tee before handing her off.
All the kids were decked out in white coveralls, the traditional attire for caddies at Augusta National.
Jason Day’s 21-month-old son, Dash, watched his father on the practice range. At the end of the session, Day wrapped the boy’s hands around a cut-down driver and teed one up for him. He made solid contact every time, something only swing with one hand on the club. Day couldn’t keep the balls on the tee fast enough.
Whack! Whack! Whack!
Before long, the boy took his father’s hand and walked with him over to first hole.
The children were as much part of the Par 3 tournament as their dads, with the older ones carrying bags and even getting a chance to putt in front of hundreds of spectators.
"It’s really for the people," said two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer.
Added 2008 Masters champ Trevor Immelman, who had his son and daughter in tow: "It’s great. My little guy’s been doing this since he was 1 or 2. They look forward to it all the time."
TAR HEEL SIGHTING
Aside from his 6-foot-9 frame, former NBA player Sean May fit right in at Augusta National on Wednesday.
May was wearing his golfing best for his first trip to the famed Masters course.
The 2005 first-round draft pick took up golf about a month ago and has "the itch really bad." He’s playing just about every other day and decided to make the trip to Georgia for a look at the hallowed grounds.
"It’s awesome," May said. "What’s not to like? It’s majestic."
It’s been a big week for May, who also attended the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.
"I didn’t think UConn had enough for Kentucky, but it’s a testament to guard play and having a little extra motivation," said May, who led North Carolina to its fourth national title in 2005.
Asked about the Tar Heels’ future, he added: "We’ll be back."
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