2006: Caddies carry Masters feel to college event

The Masters will be over, but at least part of the tournament’s feel will be carried from Augusta, Ga., to Atlanta for the inaugural United States Collegiate Championship April 10-11 at the Golf Club of Georgia.

In a rarity within the college ranks, the 12 participating teams will be treated to caddies for the second and final rounds.

What’s the Masters connection? Each caddie will don white coveralls with his player’s name on the back, similar to those worn at Augusta National.

“We feel this is going to be something very special and something these players will remember for a long time,” said Glenn Sheeley, director of communications and business development at the Golf Club of Georgia. “We’ll also have nameplates on the lockers for each player.”

The tournament will consist of 36 holes the first day and 18 the second day. Caddies will not be used during Monday morning’s play as players will use carts to help with pace of play. Each player will then have his own looper for the second round Monday afternoon and the final round Tuesday.

Following the April 9 practice round, a 300-square-foot projection screen will be set up under a giant tent for a special Masters viewing party from 3 to 7 p.m..

Georgia Tech is the host school and will be joined in the field by Georgia, Georgia State, East Tennessee State, Florida, Texas, BYU, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Alabama and Tennessee.

– Ron Balicki

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