Postcard from Augusta: Rubbing famous elbows


A word or two about the nightlife here in Augusta. There’s plenty of it.

One thing about the folks at the Masters. They know how to party.

Went to my third party in three nights, joining the Irish at a lavish house in their annual bash about two miles from the house where I’m staying with four writers from PGATour.com, including Statesman alumnus Mike McAllister, and another former co-worker, Melanie Hauser, secretary/treasurer of the Golf Writers Association of America.

Found time to chat with Ireland’s distinguished ambassador to the United States, who was installed last September. Interesting chap. Dan Mulhall has previously served as his country’s ambassador to England, Germany, Malaysia and Belgium.

We discussed, among other things, his opinion of our president, which shall remain confidential so he can remain the ambassador. He did say he found Donald Trump to be “bright” and “intelligent.”

We left unsaid any potential tariffs our country might place on Irish whiskey.

Jenkins being Jenkins: On Wednesday night, I was privileged to be allowed to attend the Golf Writers Association of America banquet. I heard some stirring speeches, had a tasting of Bobby Jones’ new whiskey brand to be unveiled soon and rubbed elbows with the glitterati of the golf world.

None is more decorated than the incomparable Dan Jenkins, who had the line of the night when he said, “The only reason I drink is to make the people I’m with more interesting.”

Masters trinkets: One of the hundreds of volunteers told me Friday that he had heard the expanded Pro Shop made “in excess of $5 million” on Monday alone. And that was before I ventured there on Wednesday. … Doug Ghim said that his father, Jeff, who served as his caddie this week, lost his yardage book in a restroom at Augusta National on Sunday but that someone “gathered it and put it in the lost-and-found,” and they were reunited.

Will act for food: Ran into good friend Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Advocate, who tells me former LSU football coach Les Miles is dead serious about a new career in acting. Seems the loquacious Miles has a big speaking part in the movie “Angry Men,” about the Challenger explosion in 1986. He plays the role of a — grass-eating, I assume — engineer in the film.

Miles, 64, would still like to coach and expressed interest in the vacancies at Ole Miss and Tennessee but didn’t even get an interview for either, which I find surprising because I’m a big fan. I give Les’ hopeful thespian career nine ducks.

Props to Sergio: I can’t imagine how embarrassing it was for Sergio Garcia to suffer through that historic 13 score on the par-5 15th hole Thursday, but I think he deserves props for agreeing to be interviewed afterward. Not sure every golfer here would have.

Plus, to make it worse, after shooting a 78 Friday and missing the cut at 15 over par, he has to stick around all weekend as defending champion to present the green jacket to this year’s winner.

Medical emergency: Was on the course Wednesday when a man who seemed to be in his 30s suffered a seizure and fell near the picnic tables across from the Pro Shop. The medical staff was on point and rushed to his aid.

However, I couldn’t find any new information or updates on his condition, and the Augusta folks said they knew nothing about it.



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