Masters Preview: Some things never change.

For the next week, I’ll be updating every day with favorite/interesting shots from previous Masters tournaments I’ve covered since I’ve worked at the Augusta Chronicle.  My second Masters, in 2008, was my favorite and best so far.  After a “learning” year in 2007 where I tried to get my bearings around the course, the next year was pure fun.  The light was on my side all week, photo opportunities seemed to be all over the place, and I got the winning shot of Immelman flexing his muscles after a dominating performance.

But probably the most interesting photo happened after the golf was played, and even after the green jacket ceremony.

Traditionally (what isn’t tradition at this place?), after the winner dons the most famous coat in sports, an Augusta National member drives him down to the press center for interviews in a parade of golf carts.  Patrons line the ropes for high-fives as he is shuttled only a few hundred yards and it’s a good time for a candid shot of the winner with a thumbs up or slapping hands with someone.

As I waited for Immelman to make his appearance, I noticed that the first cart waiting in line had my boss, Billy Morris, owner of the Augusta Chronicle and Morris Communications, and National member, riding shotgun.  As a photographer, and employee, I thought it would be a nice thing (and couldn’t hurt my chances at keeping my job) to fire off a few frames as he passed, then go on to doing my business, most notably taking pictures of Immelman.

Apparently, Mr. Morris always rides the lead cart, because I took an almost identical photo of him again in 2009.  I didn’t think much of this until a few weeks ago, I was helping to find a file photo from an early 90s edition of the Masters (shot on film of course.)  Among the dozens of contact sheets that I sifted through, I came across a long gone photographer’s take of the green jacket ceremony.  And to my amusement, there were three frames of a younger Billy Morris riding shotgun on a golf cart.  Some things never change.

Augusta Chronicle owner and Augusta National member Billy Morris rides in the passenger side of a golf cart as he leads the Masters winner, Trevor Immelman, to the press center, Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Augusta, Ga. RAINIER EHRHARDT/STAFF



3 Responses to “Masters Preview: Some things never change.”

  1. 1 alain ehrhardt
    March 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Interesting story. Looking forward to the Master’s 2010 and all the stories and photos to go along with it.

  2. 2 Sherrell Ehrhardt
    March 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Dearest Rainier,

    This blog about Julien having been born on Senna’s birthday has left me with tears in my eyes.
    Very moving story!!

    Love you, Mom

  3. 3 Nikki
    March 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Love you guys!!

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