Short Takes April 2021

Augusta National Women’s Amateur

The second annual Augusta National Woman’s Amateur (ANWA) returns this year. The tournament was announced by Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley in April 2018 as a way to encourage a greater interest in the women’s golf game.

The tournament was not played last year due to the pandemic. With limited attendance this year, the field of 85  international women will compete in 54 holes of play.

The first 36 holes will be played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans on March 31 and April 1. The leading 30 players will advance to the final round at Augusta National on April 3.

The last 18 holes at Augusta National  will be broadcast on NBC Sports from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Celebrate Spring with Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart Garden Festival has a new look and a new name this year.  The annual event, held every April, has been transformed into a new event called Celebrate Spring with Sacred Heart due to COVID-19. The festivities begin on April 18 with the Celebrate Spring Blanton Garden Tea. Reservations are required for this event.

On April 22 Secred Heart is holding an Artists’ Reception for Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, a figurative artist, and Staci Swider, a Certified GOLDEN artist educator.

The speaker’s series, featuring garden-related speakers, will be held on April 24. This year’s line-up includes Amy Sutter from White Hills Farm who will be speaking about garden herb drinks at 9:30 a.m., followed by Rebecca van Loenen from Augusta Locally Grown and Ted Stephens from Nurseries Caroliniana. There will also be a one-day plant sale and community swap on the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sadly, because of COVID-19 all garden tours are virtual this year. There will also be instructional videos and retail vendor promotions on the Sacred Heart website.

For more information about the Celebrate Spring with Sacred Heart event, visit


It’s All About the Greens

The Masters is arguably the most prestigious golf tournament of the year. The Augusta National Golf Club: Alister MacKenzie’s Masterpiece by Stan Byrdy is an oldie but goodie and a must have for any golf enthusiast. Published in 2005, the book provides details of the Augusta National’s original course design, along with the adjustments that have been made to the course through the years. 


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