Can You Name 11 PGA Golfers Playing in the Masters with Ties to Georgia?

One of the best weeks of the year is finally here… it’s Masters week! Not only is the coveted and world-renowned PGA tournament held in the beautiful city of Augusta, but these 11 PGA Tour golfers also have deep ties to the Peach State.


CONNECTION:  The Golden Isles golf “revolution” all started with Davis Love III, or “Uncle Davis,” as the younger PGA Tour pros who also live on the island call him. This will be Love’s 20th Masters appearance.

Love lives just a short drive away from Sea Island and Brunswick on a plantation simply known as “Sinclair Farm.

Even a portion of I-95 in Georgia is named after him! In 1998, the part of I-95 that extends from the McIntosh County line to Highway 341 at exit 7A and B was designated the “Davis Love III Highway.” Love also has a restaurant named after him on Sea Island called the Davis Love Grill.

In 2010, Love hosted the inaugural McGladrey Classic (now RSM Classic) on Sea Island’s Seaside Course where he continues to be an instrumental figure to the tournament, He is the 2016 captain of the Ryder Cup, one of the greatest honors that golf can bestow on a player.


CONNECTION: English was born in Valdosta and played college golf at the University of Georgia. He now calls Saint Simons home.

ZACH JOHNSON  Photo: Golf Week

CONNECTION: Johnson, the 2007 Masters Tour­nament champion lives in Saint Simons and trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center. Johnson spoke to the Augusta Chronical about living on the island and said, “the beauty of the place is everything else. It’s the people, it’s the mom-and-pop shops, it’s the food.”


CONNECTION:  Kirk was born in Atlanta and played college golf at The University of Georgia. He now resides in Athens and is sponsored by Georgia Jet, a private jet charter company out of Lawrenceville, GA.

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CONNECTION: Kisner, the 2015 RSM Classic Champion, played college golf at the University of Georgia. He trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center and lives on the island.

MATT KUCHAR Matt Kuchar hits his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

CONNECTION: Kuchar played college golf at Georgia Tech. While in college, he played in the Masters twice as an Amateur. He now lives and trains on the Golden Isles.


CONNECTION: Mize, the 1987 Masters Champion, was born in Augusta and worked on a Masters Tournament scoreboard on the third hole at Augusta National during his early teen years. He played college golf at Georgia Tech. Mize now resides in Columbus.


CONNECTION: Reed played college golf at Augusta University. This is will be his third invitation to play in The Masters.


CONNECTION: Snedeker resides in Saint Simons and trains at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.


CONNECTION: Taylor was raised in Augusta and attended Hephzibah High in Hephziba, GA. He attended Augusta State University and still resides there.


CONNECTION: Watson attended the University of Georgia. He is one of the few left-handed golfers on tour and won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014.


*Photo Credit for the player profile pictures by GolfWeek

B6RUpoACEAAGPPb.jpg-large2Parker Whidby is the Digital Content Specialist for Explore Georgia. She loves to write & photograph all the amazing things our state has to offer. In her spare time, Parker enjoys painting, going to concerts, trying new restaurants & spending time with family, friends & pups, Doc and Baxley.



Spring & Summer Events at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Just south of Atlanta, in Hampton, Georgia, lies the Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of the biggest entertainment hot spots outside of the city. The track is famous for the spacious camping and parking grounds and surprising additions, such as climate-controlled grandstand views and the luxury high-rise Tara Place condos.

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Whether you’re looking for that traditional racing experience or a concert in an unexpected venue, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has you covered. Get started on planning an itinerary with these five fun family-friendly spring and summer events!

Atlanta Motoroma

 April 16-17, 2016


Gravity-defying motorsports is on the board when you venture out to see Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo Tour. Returning for its third year, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama brings a troupe of motorcycle dare-devil enthusiasts who challenge gravity over mammoth jumps and thrill audiences with acrobat tricks and dirty racing.

Along for the ride, “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram thrills spectators with tricks that helped him become a household name. As a 10-time X Games and Gravity Games medalist and free-style expert, Cowboy Kenny and his traveling team are sure to impress with intense, nail-biting action.

Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K

April 23, 2016

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It’s not all about motors and racing. In fact, the Atlanta Motor Speedway track is great for those filthy mud runs, and Dirty Girl Mud Run returns again for its sixth year, supporting women and the survivors and heroes of cancer. The event, which takes participants through the muck only to reemerge as victors to the race, is open to all women, of all athletic abilities, and all shapes and sizes.

Dirty Girl Mud Run has attracted over 900,000 women from all parts of Georgia in the past five years. The best part about the race is the camaraderie and participation from all women, regardless of their backgrounds, coming together for the benefit of raising awareness and donations toward the eradication of breast and ovarian cancer.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags

Returns April 29 (On-going)

Returning for the summer, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags brings together the community’s car and racing enthusiasts with a passion for adrenaline, motors and speed. Fans put rubber to road with a deluge of festivities that really charm the gearhead. Cruise around the track and view the participants in the Show-N-Shine car show, as glowing cars participate for the accolades in their respective category.

It’s one of the biggest Friday night events happening on the south side of Atlanta and attracts thousands of car fiends.

Foam Glow 5K

May 7, 2016

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If getting covered in Glow in the Dark foam is your kind of fun, why not consider the Foam Glow 5K at the Atlanta Motor Speedway? As one of the biggest black light events in the country, Foam Glow is a 5K walk or run done completely at night. Once to the finish line, participants do their celebratory dance and enjoy various festivities and light snacks.

It’s not all about the party, though. Foam Glow 5Ks around the country dedicate every race to Childhood Cancer Awareness and donate proceeds to local charities in the communities. Atlanta’s Foam Glow 5K is donating to a local children’s hospital to help to further education surrounding childhood cancer and assist with treatment.

Thursday Thunder Legends Series Presented by Papa John’s

June 2 – July 21, 2016


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Grassroots racing is big at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and June and July signals the return of Bandolero and Legends racing events, thundering into the season with plenty of family-friendly games, events, giveaways and racing events.

Bandolero and Legends racing is one of the biggest grassroots races happening at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and families are encouraged to come out and cheer on their community participants or cheer on family contestants. Drivers from around the metro area descend on the track throughout June and July with event participants from every division.

It’s still not too late to get involved or learn about some of the divisions that will be represented at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Visit Legends of GA for more information on involvement and divisions at this year’s 2016 events.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is the south side’s biggest event venue for outdoor sports and racing events, and there are plenty of events coming up in the next few weeks to get the city through the spring and summer. Visit the Atlanta Motor Speedway website and event calendar for a complete listing of shows for 2016.

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80th Annual Dogwood Festival and Backyard Barbecue & Brews

Food options at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Food options at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival range from traditional favorites to creative inventions.

A staple in the Atlanta art community, The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back for its 80th year April 8-10, 2016! Bringing with it virtually every kind of art imaginable (sculpture, paintings, pottery, photography), and lots and lots of food! There will be food vendors selling delicious festival foods like kettle corn and funnel cakes; regional dishes we love, such as gyros and crab cakes; and deep-fried favorites like onion rings and corn dogs. . . . and lots and lots of barbecue!

Smoke Belly BBQ

Smoke Belly BBQ

Yes, there will be barbecue at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Backyard Barbecue & Brews is a popular event and held in a separate tent overlooking the Main Stage. With some of Atlanta’s best names in barbecue — like The Pig & The Pint, Smoke Belly, and Grand Champion BBQ — serving ‘cue, you are guaranteed a great meal.

Grand Champion BBQ

Grand Champion BBQ

Backyard Barbecue & Brews also showcases local craft beers, wine and picnic fare from some of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, culinary hot spots and chefs. So, get ready for some down-home Southern flavor at Backyard Barbecue & Brews on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, April 9-10, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the festival. Although the Dogwood Festival is free, this event requires a ticket and sells out every year, so be sure to buy your tickets early.

jennifer-hill-booker-1436890751-thumb-230-230-438-151-820-444-90Jennifer Hill Booker is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.

Retreat and Reconnect at 4 Annual Georgia Yoga Festivals

Photo credit: Wigwam Fest/Facebook

Photo credit: Wigwam Fest/Facebook

Ready to stretch your festival experience to the max? Georgia is home to a number of yoga festivals in the spring and autumn that should be on every yoga enthusiast’s calendar. Start expanding your practice with these four festivals this year.

Wigwam Fest – Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, this festival features more than 50 yoga, fitness, dance, stand-up paddleboarding, sound therapy, food, outdoor adventures, clean living, and healing arts experiences throughout the landscape of the center. Tickets are required for attendance and can be purchased as single-day or two-day passes. The 2016 festival is set for April 22-24.

Sweet Tea Yoga Festival – This autumn festival takes over Avalon, in Alpharetta, for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Like last year’s festival, this year’s is set to feature outdoor classes, an artists market and activities for children. Tickets for the festival go on sale Aug. 1, 2016.

Dirty South Yoga Fest – Billed as “Real. Raw. Southern. Sweat.” Dirty South Yoga Fest is a homegrown Georgia experience featuring local instructors, the community, the local farmers market, locally made brew, festivities and a live band. The 2016 festival is set for this autumn at an ITP location in Atlanta.

Southeast Yoga Conference – Taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016, this event features world-renowned talent as part of its lineup, which also includes 24 workshops and four intensives. The 2016 event will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Tickets for the conference are required and go on sale in late spring/early summer 2016.

eileen-1437426635-thumb-230-230-10-58-1000-783-90Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

Drink Up! It’s Time for the Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Festival

Jekyll Island is having a weekend long party called Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife (or W3), on April 22-24, 2016! Join the Westin Jekyll Island as it hosts a weekend of exceptional food, refreshing drink and Georgia’s natural beauty — all benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation. W3 artfully combines coastal wildlife, beverage tastings and cuisine from some of the South’s best and award-winning chefs.

Sip and savor unlimited tastings of great whiskey, spirits, wine and beer at W3.

Sip and savor unlimited tastings of great whiskey, spirits, wine and beer at W3.

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife kicks off on Friday, April 22 with a special live and silent auction to support The Jekyll Island Foundation. It also features an exclusive “Wine Pull” and “Whiskey Pull.” You’ll also find whiskey-inspired cocktails and culinary dishes created by some of country’s leading, James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, rising new chefs and renowned Golden Isles and Lowcountry superstars.

Saturday brings with it a day of cooking and cocktail demonstrations. The main event takes place at the Beach Village Green. There will plenty of beverage and culinary tastings, great music from local artists and an opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife — from sea turtles to alligators, up close and personal!

Experience coastal wildlife up close at W3 on Jekyll Island.

Experience coastal wildlife up close at W3 on Jekyll Island.

Sunday wraps up W3 with the Grand Finale Brunch, presented by the Westin’s culinary team showcase – with champagne, whiskey cocktails, Bloody Mary bar, and some exceptional Lowcountry cuisine.

Sample food from top chefs at the Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Festival.

Sample food from top chefs at the Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Festival.

While you’re there, take a short trip to Brunswick for some Southern-coastal flavor at The Famer & The Larder. This eclectic kitchen space offers up some local favorites, grab-and-go snacks, and even some kitchen gadgets to help you up your cooking game.

jennifer-hill-booker-1436890751-thumb-230-230-438-151-820-444-90Jennifer Hill Booker is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.