2006: Memorable trip for Glover
Lucas Glover peered through the early morning mist Thursday, down Augusta National’s first fairway, and the memories started darting around his psyche like golf balls racing across the course’s diabolical greens.
His mind flashed back to the first time he gazed at the manicured layout in 1986. The wide-eyed 6-year-old was tagging along with his grandfather, Dick Hendley, and immediately broke the cardinal rule of golf watching. “He moved a chair and Ben (Crenshaw) was on the first green and had to stop and look around,” Hendley said. “I had to quiet him down.”
Glover thought about the first time he teed it up amid the hallowed hills in 1992 as a guest. “I don’t think I finished, but I did par the 12th,” he said.
Back to the first time he broke par at the home of the Masters while he was in college at Clemson. “Got a speeding ticket on the way down,” he said.
The memories piled up and as he glanced around the tee box and spotted Hendley proudly looking on, he fought to contain his emotions.
“I tried to take some real hard swings to take some of the energy and tension out,” Glover said of his opening shot Thursday. “Honestly, No. 1 was the best tee shot I had all day.”
His drive at the first found the fairway, and his face had the nonchalant look of another day in the office. But inside, his heart was racing about the day he’ll never forget. On the other side of the gallery ropes Hendley wheeled along in a green motorized cart. For both men, it was a ride of a lifetime.
“I wanted him to see me on the first tee,” said Glover, who shot 73-78 and missed the cut in his first Masters. “That was all I really wanted him to see.”
Hendley – who gave Glover his first club when he was 3 years old – brought Glover to Augusta National every year for a decade.
“When I used to bring him down here we used to watch them hit (at the practice range),” he said. “We’d get behind No. 1 tee box, watch ’em tee off and, you know, you just sit there thinking. Someday, could he be there? You wonder if he had what it takes?”
– Rex Hoggard