Manifesto

An Augusta National Member’s Jacket

Worn during the second round of

2013 Masters Tournament of Augusta National Golf Club

April 12, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia

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Manifesto

“The most important shot in golf is the next one.”

            -Bobby Jones (Famous Golfer and Founder of Augusta National Golf Club)

I agree with this quote because when someone is out on the golf course the goal is to shoot the lowest score possible.  So, during my round I am always planning out how my current shot will put me in the best position for my next shot.  Many companies in America have this same approach they are always trying to stay one step ahead of the consumer and the competition.  Apple has plans for many new products that have yet to be produced.

 

“I’m about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That’s the distance my left ear is from my right.“

-Ben Crenshaw (Famous Golfer)

Golf is arguably the most mentally challenging sport in the world.  Golfers are expected to get a tiny ball into a slightly larger cup with obstacles that are in your way.  We try to do this in the least amount of shots possible.  Most mistakes come from a lack of focus or a lack of confidence.  This mental presence is key to playing well.

 

“I know I am getting better at golf because I’m hitting fewer spectators.”

-Gerald Ford (38th President of the United States)

Many Presidents have been considered golfers.  The biggest golf supporter was arguably President Eisenhower who was estimated to play about 800 rounds of golf while being the President.  President Ford was a very talented athlete and loved the game of golf.  He was known for hitting the ball very far off the tee but he also had very little control.  So, when he said he hit fewer spectators, he meant that he was hitting the ball straighter from the tee because most spectators stand off to the sides of the holes.

 

“In golf, you keep your head down and follow through. In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through. It’s a big difference.”

-Dan Quayle (44th Vice President of the United States serving with George H. W. Bush)

In golf a common tip that is shared among golfers is to keep your head down and follow through.  This is a common mistake for most amateur golfers who can quickly fix many problems by implementing this into their game.  But in politics you often want to do what you are told and show you did what was promised.  Then keep your head up and receive the recognition for your work.

“No-one will ever have golf under his thumb. No round ever will be so good it could not have been better. Perhaps this is why golf is the greatest of games. You are not playing a human adversary; you are playing a game. You are playing old man par.”

– Bobby Jones (Famous Golfer and Founder of Augusta National Golf Club)

Golf is a sport that a very small portion of the time the result is in your control.  In a round of golf it is next to impossible to have a perfect round of golf.  There will always be a time during a round for an opportunity of a lower score.  Golf is not a sport where you battle against a competitor but it is a battle against the course.

 

“Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.”

-Jack Nicklaus (Famous Golfer)

This statement is very true in the sports world today.  Nearly all sports teams or athletes are expected to win most times they compete but in golf there are very few people who win multiple tournaments.  There are very few players who are able to get even just a single victory but there are a select few who have been very dominate in their careers such as Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus who both have been ranked number one for numerous weeks.  Tiger Woods is one of the most famous and successful golfers of all time and he has a career win percentage of 26 % (PGATOUR).

 

“Baseball players quit playing and they take up golf.  Basketball players quit, take up golf.  Football players quit, take up golf.  What are we supposed to take up when we quit?”

-George Archer (Famous Golfer)

Golf has become a very popular sport in America.  Many famous professional athletes have become big golf enthusiasts.  Michael Jordan who is considered to be the best basketball player of all time is often seen playing golf.  Another athlete that loves to golf is Michael Phelps who is the most decorated Olympian of all time.  They enjoy this sport because it is challenging while also being fun at the same time and people are able to play golf even at a very old age.

 

“You have to look good, to play good.”

-Tom Scarlett (My father)

This is something I have learned from my father.  I feel that this is very common in America right now because I feel people are very conscious about what they wear everyday and each outfit has a purpose.  Golf is becoming a flashy sport and apparel companies are trying to come up with original ideas that will be popular with the public.  These approaches are differing from those of Andy Warhol because he was a free spirit and created art that he felt was important.  But with companies making more flashy clothes it is becoming popular with many juniors but in golf a tradional look will always stay in style.  I personally prefer the tradional look and like wearing the best looking outfit I can.

 

(Quotes obtained from Quotations about Golf and Greg Colosi)

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  1. wscarlett says:

    Commentary
    The Masters is a golf tournament that is held every year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This event is comprised of the top professional and amateur players in the world. In order to play in this event you must be invited by the Masters Committee. Players can only qualify for the Masters by being a top ranked player, winning a professional tournament, winning a major amateur event, or being a past Masters champion. The Masters is the first of four Major Championships held every year. The other Major Championships include the United States Open, the Open Championship, and finally the Professional Golfers Association Championship. My personal favorite of the four Majors is the Masters, because there is so much history that goes with this event. One of the most iconic articles of clothing in the golf world is the prize for winning this event: the Green Jacket. This is why I selected an image of the esteemed Green Jacket that was worn by one of the members of Augusta National Golf Club. The design of this jacket has not changed since it was introduced. On this famous Green Jacket is the Augusta National Golf Club logo located on the left chest pocket and also appears on the brass buttons of the jacket. Honestly, if you saw a person walking down the street in this bright shamrock green jacket you might question their fashion choices, but if I saw this jacket I would stare at it and think of all of the golf history and tradition it represents in America.
    While attending the Masters golf tournament spectators will notice many people walking around the course wearing a Green Jacket. When a spectator notices these select few individuals they wonder who they are and envy them, because in order to be a member of this prestigious club and have a Green Jacket you are considered to be very successful in your given career. There are many people who would love to be a member of this club but the club will only invite a select few to become members. In order to gain membership at Augusta National, one will have to be a very successful individual such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Warren Buffett CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. This is similar to what Mark Weiner wrote about the Coca-Cola Company. Weiner wrote about how similar tea and Coke are because they “appeared on the tables of the wealthiest merchants and the poorest labourers (136).” Because a coke cost five cents only those who could afford it were able to drink it. Both Coca-Cola and Augusta National Golf Club companies have created an appeal making people want to be a part of this exclusive group.
    Golf has become a very popular sport for adults in America. This is because it is one of the most relaxing, frustrating, exciting, and challenging activities people can enjoy. But now it is becoming a very popular sport for juniors. One program that many juniors belong to across America is called The First Tee. This program is designed for kids from ages 8-18 to play golf and learn some valuable life lessons along the way. The First Tee has nine core values that they teach to juniors: confidence, honesty, judgment, integrity, courtesy, perseverance, responsibility, respect, and sportsmanship (The First Tee). While teaching these core values to the children they also teach valuable life skills. When I was in The First Tee I learned many great skills that I use everyday of my life, such as how to properly introduce myself to someone. Also, I learned how to properly fill out an application, conduct an interview, and travel independently. During this process I have met many interesting people involved with The First Tee from across America. Through The First Tee I was selected to go to Bentonville, Arkansas to tour the Wal-Mart Headquarters, play in a Professional Senior Tour Tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and meet top officials in Disney and the Toro Corporation. Since I have been able to participate in these great experiences I am better prepared for the future when I search for a job upon graduating college. These efforts by The First Tee will prepare many juniors with skills to succeed in their future. Most people who are now out of college or high school are looking for a way to be successful in their future but I feel that I have an advantage through my past experiences with The First Tee. Hopefully someday a Green Jacket will be in my possession whether I earn through professional golf or by being a professional in my career.

    Work Cited
    Colosi, Greg. “Famous Golf Quotes.” Famous Life Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. .
    PGA Tour. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2013. .
    “Quotations about Golf.” Quote Garden. N.p., 28 May 2012. Web. 14 May 2013. .
    The First Tee. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2013. .
    Weiner, Mark. “Consumer Culture and Participatory Democracy: The Whole Story of Coca-Cola During World War II.” Food in the USA. New York, London: Routledge, n.d. 123-41. Print.

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