Augusta, GA -
After the Par 3 contest concluded, several golf fanatics enjoyed festivities throughout the Augusta area. One event featured 1979 Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller, who was in town signing autographs for more than just his work on the green.
It was 35 years ago when Zoeller won the Masters and it was his first time participating.
“It was just electric.Awesome,” said Phillip Thompson, of North Carolina.
Very few words, but powerful.That’s how Thompson remembers his friend and favorite athlete.The former professional golfer is here for the 2014 Masters and to market Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.
Thompson said of the beverage, “I like it chilled straight up.”
One by one fans purchased their own autographed bottles from The White Horse Wine and Spirits at Surrey Center, but Fuzzy said the idea started differently.
“Eight years ago I had the wine people coming to me wanting me to put my name on a specialty private label wine.I said, folks you’re barking up the wrong tree.I said you’re talking to a guy who doesn’t drink wine.The reason for that is all wine tastes the same to me [because of] my taste buds,” Zoeller said.
Post PAR 3 action led golf fanatics to the Surrey Center, where Surreal at Surrey hosted Zoeller.Thompson, who is working on the course this week, was on location hoping to catch up with the 1979 Masters Champion.
He said, “As I child I grew up with Fuzzy and Fuzzy used to kill that place.I really enjoy him and his personality.”
“All those hours I spent on that driving range and that putting green, it came to life.I had the putt and I made it.You’re looking at a past champion here and I couldn’t be happier.It’s such a thrill to come back here to Augusta.It’s like a sacred ground for golfers.”
Guests also had a chance to purchase an autographed bottle at Surreal at Surrey where the TAMS were in concert.