Derek Bard's Masters Golf Tournament Journal
Virginia junior golfer Derek Bard will play in the 2016 Masters Tournament this week. Bard earned his invitation by finishing as the runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship. Check in here for updates on his experiences at Augusta National Golf Club.
Following The Masters
Here are some must follow social media and websites for this week’s Masters tournament:
@UVAMensGolf – Home of the Cavaliers
The Masters Official Website
Augusta Chronicle’s extensive website for Masters coverage.
This year’s Masters Tournament features expanded viewing options including live virtual reality streaming and featured groups. For the complete broadcast schedule, click here
Here are the tee times for the first and second rounds of The Masters. Derek Bard will be paired with former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman and Robert Streb for the first 36 holes of the tournament. That trio will tee off at 8:31 a.m. Thursday and at 11:27 a.m. on Friday.
Par 3 Day
Wednesday afternoon the annual Par 3 Contest takes place at Augusta National starting at noon. Derek is set to tee off at 3:09 p.m. You can follow the live scoring of that event on Masters.com. ESPN will broadcast the event live from 3-5 p.m. ET. Note: The schedule of this event can vary due to the day’s practice rounds and player schedules.
ACC in the House
In addition to Derek Bard, here’s a breakdown of the former ACC players in this year’s field:
Kevin Streelman, Duke
Daniel Berger, Florida State
Brooks Koepka, Florida State
Larry Mize, Georgia Tech
Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech
Davis Love III, North Carolina
Bill Haas, Wake Forest
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest
Check out these media clips on Derek at The Masters
Syracuse.com: New Hartford golfer Derek Bard ready to tee it up on the big state of Masters
PGA.com: Virginia amateur preps for ‘surreal’ Masters golf experience
New Hartford’s Bard ‘soaking in’ Masters moment
Charlottesville Daily Progress: Ratcliffe- Cavs’ Bard set for Masters Debut
Augusta.com will post its photos of Derek in action at this site.
Monday night was a special time for the six amateur players in this year’s field as they gathered for the tournament’s Amateurs Dinner. The Masters.com takes you inside the event.
Success in the Peach State
Derek Bards has played well in The Peach State recently, tying for first at 2015 U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Atlanta, winning that event in 2014 and finishing fourth at the 2016 Linger Longer Invitational at Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee (Greensboro, Ga.).
There are six amateurs in this year’s Masters Tournament field. They will compete for the Silver Cup, presented to the low scoring amateur. The amateur must make the 36-hole cut to win the trophy. The last time more than two amateurs advanced to weekend play was 2012. CBSSports.com breaks down and ranks the field. Here’s a good read about the history of amateurs at The Masters.
More on Trophies
There are a number of trophies and awards at stake during The Masters competition besides the champion trophy and green jacket. Take a look.