Schwartzel the victor at amazing Masters

| April 13, 2011

Golf CourseLast year I fell in love with a shy young golfer, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who won the British Open at the historic hallowed, St. Andrews Course in Scotland.

“Looie’s” win entitled him to play in the Masters Championship in Augusta this weekend, an “augost” occasion (no pun intended) watched on TV by billions all over the world.

My plan was to watch every minute of the Masters on a motel television for three days.

On Friday morning at 7:30, my dear friend Carrie Hicks washed my hair at Cottage Salon.

At 11:30 a.m. I had a quick lunch at the River Valley Club, telling lovely clubhouse manager, Ethel Hild of my plan.

“We have a TV downstairs in the card room,” she said, “You can have it the whole weekend and come upstairs to hear Cole Porter’s songs sung by Jim Voyles accompanied by Bob French on the piano and chat with Jim’s beautiful wife Libby.”

On Saturday, Rory was still ahead by himself at 12 under par.

“Looie” missed the cut at five over par. Luke Donald, Tiger (third) and two Australian golfers, K.J. Choi were several shots behind.
Tiger had bad luck Saturday but hung in there on Sunday, shooting 66!

I took some pictures Saturday of the sunset for my funeral program. Virgil Vaughn sang “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” so beautifully it brought tears to my eyes. He promised to sing it at my funeral, telling my friends I had already cried at my own funeral.

Sunday morning dressed in a royal blue wool suit, I brought a long black evening dress and evening shoes into the ladies room downstairs and headed for the TV set for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Chef Jeremy Harrell appeared with a breakfast tray of scrambled eggs, fresh strawberries, orange juice and coffee and asked what would you like for lunch?

Other chefs who came down were Mark Wilson and Jeffrey Meenach. Senior waiter Charles Whitfield brought me cokes and  carrot sticks. Chris Snow helped me put on my evening shoes that night.

Sunday – Final Day

No sign of Looie, but his best friend, another South African golfer with some kind of voodoo spell on him, Charl Schwartzel of Johannesburg, caught fire on Sunday.

How Schwartzel Won

He chipped in from 75 feet across the green at the first hole for birdie. He holed out from the fairway on No. 3 for eagle, and McIlroy’s four shot lead was gone.

Schwartzel finished at 14 under par 274, and moved to No. 11 in the world making him the No. 1 player in South Africa. He is the sixth South African to win a major tournament.

Schwartzel was the first Masters champion to finish with four straight birdies.

His final putt of 20 feet curled in at the last hole for 6 under par 66, the best closing round at the Masters in 22 years.

2010  Masters champion Phil Mickelson held the famous green jacket for charming and polite Schwartzel to don with a big smile and gracious words of thanks to the officials.

Looie is best friends with Charl.

They had rented a house in West Palm Beach, Fla., where they lived for seven months together with Charl’s golf pro father and coach; Looie’s pretty wife and Charl’s pretty wife. They studied maps of Augusta and reviewed personal advice from Masters champions about how to win the tournament.

“Louis inspired me to enter,” Schwartzel said.

Congratulations, Charl and Louis!

I’m coming to Augusta next year to meet you both in person!

Wildflower Tours

River Fields Inc. is offering spring wildflower tours of Wolf Pen Branch Mill Farm April 14 and 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Area biologists with expertise in the exceptional collection of plant life on the property will guide the tour.

Non-members may attend by donating $25 to River Fields, which includes a one-year River Fields membership. Call 502.583.3060 for reservations.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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