Augusta National Golf Course — known for its beautiful greenery — will have a streak of Carolina blue on its grassy pastures this April.
At the site where legends are made and legacies are cemented, an exclusive club of the world’s greatest golfers will compete for the coveted Green Jacket and a cemented legacy on the sport’s grandest stage: the Masters.
And this year, a Tar Heel is in the race.
Junior Austin Greaser of the North Carolina men’s golf team is representing himself, his team and the University amidst the company of names such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods at the Masters.
And despite the magnitude of it all, he’s going in with full confidence and attention to detail.
“As less arrogant as I can say this, this is where I pictured myself playing,” Greaser said.
Greaser earned his spot after finishing second in the 2021 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont Country Club behind another Masters participant, James Piot. With a bid to the Masters at stake, Greaser stayed intensely focused on executing his game plan in that tournament — the mindset which he accredited for getting him this far.
“I got too ingrained in what I was doing — too ingrained in my routine, so ingrained in trying to get my ball in the hole to really worry about the prizes,” Greaser said.
With the possibility of winning a Green Jacket looming, Greaser is approaching the Masters the same way and plans on not letting the implications of the moment take his head out of the game.