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Posted April 10, 2019, 4:44 pm
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Par-3 Contest finally a family affair for Augusta native Charles Howell

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    Charles Howell III congratulates his son Chase during the Par-3 Contest, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia. [ANDY NELSON/FOR THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

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    Charles Howell's son Chase putts for his father on No. 2 during the Par-3 Contest  Wednesday, April 10, 2019. [MICHAEL HOLAHAN/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

As her two children left the ninth green, Heather Howell shared an embrace following Wednesday’s Par-3 Contest. For Charles Howell and his family, it was worth the wait.

“What a day,” said Heather, the golfer’s wife. “It’s so special for our family, and I couldn’t have scripted it any better. We’ll remember this for a long time.”

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Howell’s children caddied for him for the first time during the lighthearted event. The Augusta native last qualified for the Masters in 2012, before Ansley Grace (8) and Chase (7) could grasp its importance.

“I imagine we’ll be hanging some pictures in our living room,” said Howell, who lives in Orlando, Fla. “Honestly, I can’t wait to get home and look through all of them. It was so special to share this moment with my family – it really was a blast.”

Howell played alongside two friends, Brandt Snedeker and Charley Hoffman. Though the local product raved about his afternoon, there was one moment Howell wished to change.

“Only thing is I wish Chase’s ball would have carried a little further,” Howell said of his son’s tee shot, which came close to reaching the No. 9 green. “It was great, though, it really was. Definitely the right amount of holes for our group, too. I’m not sure we could have lasted 18.”

Chase eventually found the putting surface, drawing applause from patrons. When asked what his favorite moment was, the 7-year-old said, “Getting to putt on No. 9.”