Golf’s #1 Amateur Says He Was Humbled After Being Mistaken For A Child At Augusta National

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The reigning NCAA Champion and #1 ranked amateur in men’s golf, Gordon Sargent, is ready to tee it up at Augusta National GC for The Masters.

It will be Sargent’s first Masters tournament and he almost missed his invitation. Sargent said he received a phone call and “didn’t recognize the number but it said ‘Augusta National’ under the phone number, so I was like, ‘I have to answer this.” But was worried it was a ‘vicious prank‘.

Upon arrival, Gordon Sargent says he was humbled when he was mistaken for a child. The annual Drive, Chip, and Putt Contest was being held at Augusta National and Sargent was mistaken for a kid competing in the tournament.

Sargent spoke with the Back of the Range podcast and shared his story about mistaken as a kid:

Sargent said:

“I was definitely grounded a little bit this morning when I was looking for player dining. A couple of people thought I was in the Drive, Chip and Putt.”

“It starts off yesterday, I tried to go into the pro shop to ask them what time I could play tomorrow. I’m like, ‘Look, I’m a player, I have my caddie right here.’ The guy’s like ‘No, you’re going to have to have your badge.’”

A child he is not…

Josh Sargent has played in 5 events in 2023 and his worst finish so far is 7th. His amateur career includes 4 wins and 22 Top 10 finishes.

Sargent finished 33rd at the U.S. Amateur Championship, arguably his toughest test to date, but he did win the NCAA D1 Championship – Stroke event. He has dominated at Vanderbilt University:

Keep an eye out for him at Augusta!

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