King of The Green: Top 10 Universities Masters Winners Have Attended
With the Masters quickly approaching on April 7th, all eyes are turned towards this year’s competitors to see who will blaze the trail to victory. This April may see one of the most competitive games yet. While ranking matters throughout the year, it can all change in just one game. Even for returning champs the stakes are higher each year. The Augusta course changes slightly each year, adding variation to the well known, and dreaded, holes.
Many view the Masters, and golf in general, as a more laid back sport; but tune in on April 7th and you will find dreams can be made or crushed on the Augusta course.While golf may not have the hard hitting drama of football or other contact sports, it is one that takes analysis, patience and determination.
The Masters also draws a wide variety of age groups. Many sports have a short, defined period of time that athletes can play competitively. Whereas the Masters invites competitors from ages as young as 13 to competitors 60+. Age is not a restriction in golf, and often times wisdom for the game comes with maturity.
That being said, golf has become increasingly attractive to high school and college age groups, with many competitors attending being in college or playing for their school. Golf is a sport where individuals can rely on their own strengths to propel them forward in the game, yet still feel the support of a team atmosphere. College’s worldwide are starting to reach out and recruit the best golfers in their nation to create a more competitive roster for their schools.
Interestingly, 10 schools have historically produced the most Masters winners. Is this pure luck? Most golfers will tell you there is no such thing as luck, but going to one of these universities may just help your golfing game.
Most Masters winners are from universities in fair weather states. Perhaps because it’s hard to find your golf ball in the snow.
Stanford University in Palo Alto, California boasts of both good weather and good golfers. Followed close behind Stanford is the University of Houston, in Texas where warm weather can be found all year around.
While warm weather states seem to have a correlation with where golf is most popular, which school a golfer attends seems to also play a role.
This year two competitors come from a top ten school, Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson both attended Arizona State University, ranking 4th on the top ten list.
Other well known competitors such as Hunter Mahan attended for a time being both University of Southern California and Oklahoma State University.
Will there be a new school on top for most Masters winners after this year’s game?
We will find out soon how hard work, dedication and maybe even where you went to school pays off in the 2016 Masters Tournament.