Friends Sunshine Daye, Dianne Burns and Joyce Cole arrived with a group from Mercedes-Benz that’s staying this week at the Evans conservation community of River Island.
Daye, of Long Beach, Calif., said she’d been invited on the trip as one of Mercedes’ biggest Long Beach customers and brought Burns along.
The highlight so far for Daye was seeing Tiger Woods practice.
“Even though he lived down the street from me in Cypress, I had to come to Augusta to see him,” she said.
Burns, of Seal Beach, Calif., said being at Augusta National Golf Club was a magical experience.
“The rough is not rough,” she said.
Cole’s son, Chris, won the the Mercedes-Benz Challenge in Fort Lauderdale and was playing Tuesday at West Lake Country Club. He invited her along on the trip to Augusta, she said.
Columbia transportation planner Jeff Carroll and a friend bought practice round tickets from a broker on their way to Augusta on Tuesday morning.
Standing in line to buy chairs, Carroll said his latest visit to Augusta National was as nice as ever.
“It’s the Masters. It’s beautiful. No one does it any better,” he said.
Iowa attorney Matt Anderson and his friend were among those rained out of the 2014 first practice round, so they booked the same Aiken hotel for a return trip this year.
“You can’t even describe how perfect it is,” Anderson said. “TV doesn’t do it justice as far as the elevations.”