Spurrier celebrates eight-year anniversary of Augusta hole-in-one
Steve Spurrier on the golf course– A tradition unlike any other.
With the 80th edition of The Masters golf tournament set to begin at Augusta National Golf Club this week, The Augusta Chronicle is running a special series of interviews with college football coaches that have had the opportunity to play on the private course that is considered by many to be the holy grail of golf.
That series began with former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, who was known to be an avid golfer during his coaching days and is sure to continue his pursuit of the game in retirement.
His memorable moment at Augusta happened on April 4, 2008, eight years ago to the day.
Spurrier knocked in a hole-in-one… on the Par 3 course.
Even though it wasn’t on the big course, it was still a great achievement and a memorable moment for The Head Ball Coach.
He used an 8-iron on No. 7:
“It was 126 yards with a slight wind against us,” Spurrier remembered. “It was getting late in the day and shadows from the pine trees were on the green a little bit. It was hard to see it go in, but one of the guys I was with said, ‘I think that’s in the jar!’”
Spurrier played the course once a year during his tenure at South Carolina. He says he is unsure of when his next invite to play the course will come now that he’s retired, but he says he’d “like to think” another invite will find its way to him eventually.
The newspaper will have Augusta experience stories from Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and former Georgia coach Mark Richt at various points throughout the week.