Steve Wilson ready for Masters play

Photos courtesy Michael Sunderman, South Mississippi Living
Photos courtesy Michael Sunderman, South Mississippi Living

By WLOX Staff

AUGUSTA, GA (WLOX) - Thursday morning, at exactly 11:29, amateur golfer Steve Wilson from Ocean Springs will hit his first shot at the 2009 Masters. Will he be nervous? Absolutely. But Wilson says he is as ready as he will ever be.

"I just have to go out there and play, it is a simple as that," he said.

To play in the Masters is something Steve has thought about since he first learned to play the game at the age of nine. Ironically, nine is also the age of his son Gavin. The young fellow, caddied for his dad at Wednesday's par three tournament. It is a fun filled tradition at the Masters.

Gavin, who is quite the character, told WLOX's Jeff Lawson that he ruined his life by three putting on the final hole.

"I three putted on national tv," he said. "That was really, really embarrassing."

His dad assured him, he did no such thing. In fact, Gavin and his dad, as well as all the other  par three participants signed hundreds of autographs.

As for the tournament, Wilson is paired with former Masters champion Tom Watson,and British pro Ian Poulter. Much like Wednesday, the weather is expected to be near perfect.

Never before has Steve Wilson played golf in front of so many people, and there will be thousands at Augusta National.

Steve told us, "You just kind of get used to it. You settle in and just play some golf."

But this isn't just any tournament, this is The Masters. The place where Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have walked. Now, Steve Wilson can add his name to the list of those who have played in this greatest of all golf tournaments.

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