Michigan State has never had a golfer play in the Masters-- until this year. Jack Newman, a junior, won the U. S. Public Links Championship last summer in Colorado and an automatic entry into Augusta goes with it each year. Newman, who is busy preparing for the Spartans' spring season, will spend this week end in Augusta practicing, 36 holes a day for a couple of days. He played the course for the first time last November.
Newman will stay in the clubhouse's famed crow's nest the week end before the tournament then move into a house in Augusta for the week with his family. Newman's brother will caddie. He has high confidence in his chances of making it through the cut on Friday to play through the week end. Newman putts at 6am most days and then does yoga afterward.
He gets eight tickets each day for the tournament and most have gone to his family. If he is nervous he doesn't show it although he says when he first played the course last fall he began on the back side when no one else was playing. He was in his own fatansy world. He knows once the crowds show up and the shots all count it will be a much more challenging atmosphere. But no one else ever associated with MSU ever played in the tournament-- and it's an honor that only he has ever earned.