Andy Ogletree ends dream Masters with low amateur honors
Ogletree wrapped up his first Masters as low amateur with an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish at 2-under 286 to beat out John Augenstein, the only other amateur to make the cut, by five strokes.
"It was an awesome week. I got to experience everything the amateurs get to experience. I got here early. I came down a few times before the tournament. I stayed in the Crow's Nest,” Ogletree said.
"So kind of everything you'd want to do as an amateur, I've kind of accomplished.”
Ogletree’s first Masters began when he was out on the practice green ahead of Thursday’s first round. Woods, his idol, walked up to him and said, “What’s up, man? Let’s go do this,” Ogletree recalled in his interview in Butler Cabin.
Playing alongside Woods, Ogletree said he let his nerves get to him early on. His tournament started 4 over through four holes. But he settled down and got back to playing his game, finishing his first round with a 73. He rebounded with rounds of 70-71 to make the cut.
On Sunday, Ogletree bogeyed his first two holes at 10 and 11. Despite the slow start, he recovered before finishing his first nine holes of the round, getting birdies on 15 and 16. He then birdied No. 2 and bogeyed No. 3 before shooting par the rest of the way.
Though it wasn’t a traditional April Masters, Ogletree said he got the full experience. Not just as an amateur, but as a competitor in the tournament. Following his Masters debut, Ogletree said he plans on turning pro “in the near future.”
"I've kind of done what I wanted to in amateur golf, and this just is the cherry on top for my amateur career, so I can't wait to see what the future holds, but for now I'm just going to enjoy this moment,“ Ogletree said.