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Teen golfers share experiences, Masters predictions

Posted: April 4, 2012 - 1:37pm  |  Updated: April 4, 2012 - 4:29pm
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Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff  Jessica Hoang tees off on No. 11 during the final round of the Vaughn Taylor Championship at Jones Creek, Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Evans, Ga.   Rainier Ehrhardt
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Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff Jessica Hoang tees off on No. 11 during the final round of the Vaughn Taylor Championship at Jones Creek, Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Evans, Ga.

 

Masters Week brings a lot of excitement, anticipation and experiences for North Augusta teen golfers Matt NeSmith and Jessica Hoang.

NeSmith is an 18-year-old senior at North Augusta High School. He has been playing golf since he was about 6 years old.

"My dad was really into golf when I was younger, and I had a cousin who was playing high school golf. They got me into playing it, and I have enjoyed it from that point on," he said.

Hoang is a 16-year-old junior at North Augusta High. She started playing golf when she was 9 years old.

"My dad used to take my brother out to play. I tagged along one day, and the sport just grew on me," she said.

The teens share their golf experiences and their favorites to win this year's Masters Tournament.

 

JESSICA HOANG

BIGGEST TOURNAMENT WON: AJGA Tournament at Jones Creek

FAVORITE COURSE TO PLAY: The River Golf Club. “I grew up playing there every weekend with my dad and my brother.”

A COURSE SHE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY: Torrey Pines Golf Course in California

FAVORITE GOLFER: Dustin Johnson and Hunter Mahan

ATTENDING THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT: “I’ve always gone on the practice rounds days. It’s really fun to see how they all work around the greens and practice before the tournament.”

VIEW OF THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT: “I enjoy hearing everyone’s story about how they’ve gone and how they have seen and experienced some of the wins there.”

MASTERS WINNER PREDICTION: Mahan

MATT NESMITH

BIGGEST TOURNAMENT WON: Polo Golf Junior Classic in West Palm Beach, Fla., in November

FAVORITE COURSE TO PLAY: Sage Valley

A COURSE HE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY: Augusta National Golf Club

FAVORITE GOLFER: “I have two: Tiger Woods, because I grew up watching him play golf and I love how he plays the game, (and) Rory McIlroy. I enjoy watching him play the game. He’s really cool.”

ATTENDING THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT: He has attended since he was about 8 or 9 years old. “It’s really cool to see some of the guys I looked up to when I was younger. … It’s fun to see how everyone has grown up and how their games have improved.”

VIEW OF THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT: “I think it’s really cool to have something that everyone knows about right in the backyard. It’s cool to pass it every now and again on Washington Road and think, ‘It’s the sacred ground of the Augusta National’.”

MASTERS WINNER PREDICTION: Between Woods and McIlroy. “I think they’re going to be the ones to battle it out on Sunday. It’s going to be an interesting thing to watch. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

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