Beginning in 1963, the Masters has had a tradition of having honorary starters begin the tournament early on Thursday morning. Jock Hutchinson and Fred McLeod were the original two who held the position of honorary starters. Currently Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, hit my three favorite golf shots of the year when they officially start the Masters. At this year's Ranken Jordan tournament we had our own "Big 3" as Sam Ward, Michael Tekeser (Mikey T.), and Jessie Rodriguez performed the duties of our honorary starters. Just as you can see Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and other PGA Tour players gather around to watch the tee shots at Augusta National, the players in this year's Ranken Jordan tournament gathered at the first tee to watch a new tradition. Everyone was rewarded by seeing our very own honorary starters rip a drive down the first fairway leading to the Ranken Jordan event being officially started!
|A new tradition begins!|
|Memphis, TN native and former Ranken Jordan day treatment patient Sam Ward watching another drive go right down the middle of the fairway.|
|Mikey T. is everywhere! Here he is "watching" over Ranken Jordan CEO Lauri Tanner's group as they line up a birdie putt.|