Masters Series: What’s in your bag?

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I accidentally took the month of March off of blogging. I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life and most importantly, a new person! My best friend Rachel had her baby girl last Wednesday. I am extremely lucky to have found such a deep friendship with Rachel. She impresses me daily with her mothering skills (while in full hair and make-up). I am so lucky to know and love both Rachel and Madeline.

Back to blogging.

My sister and I at the tournament in 2001 in true 90s kids style.

Every first week of April, all eyes are on my hometown for the Masters. Patrons from across the world come to our town for a week of golf.

Tournament line up:
Monday & Tuesday are Practice Round days (cameras are allowed and more golfers are playing)
Wednesday is the Par 3 tournament (golfers are way more relaxed, autographs are allowed, and you won’t see Tiger)
Thursday – Sunday are the actual tournament days (first two days’ scores count for a cut and the weekend’s scores determine the winner)

I am lucky enough to have the privilege to attend the tournament. I usually attend on Sunday a.k.a. Green Jacket day!

The Augusta National has strict rules for Masters Patrons. One of these rules is the size bag allowed in the gates. Because of this rule, I use bags purchased at the tournament pro shop that fit the criteria (10″ W x 10″H x 12″D). You can read more about the guidelines on the Masters website under Patron Info. The lilac bag pictured above was purchased a few years ago and has a crossbody strap.

Tournament days can be long and the weather can be unpredictable. Thank you, April showers! I am always sure to bring plenty of chapstick and touch up make up. Sitting in the sun and the Augusta humidity can do a lot of damage to my hairstyle. I always bring a hair tie or clip. Sunscreen is essential for Masters tournament days. Even if it is overcast, I wear sunscreen.

I cannot stress how important sunglasses are at the tournament. The greens can cause quite the glare and you’ll never see a ball if you don’t bring your sunnies! I strongly suggest applying sunscreen under your make up to prevent a sunglasses tan.

Two years ago I was caught in QUITE the storm at the tournament. I will say… not having an umbrella wasn’t the worst thing to happen to me. On our way to the pro shop to buy an umbrella, I ran into Chace Crawford  (Yes, Nate on Gossip Girl). He let me stand with him under his umbrella while we watched a golfer (I have no idea which one) finish putting the hole. Chace’s eyes ARE that blue and he called me “darlin.” I don’t usually get starstruck but…. I definitely felt like Blair Waldorf. We parted ways and I ended up buying a giant umbrella at the pro shop which I had to lug around the rest of the day. Bring an umbrella but leave it in your purse if you run into a celebrity. 🙂

Wristlets are great to bring as well. I prefer crossbody bags because they are easier to wear. Some people bring seats but I prefer to walk around and find seating in the stands. Pack light because you will be stuck with whatever you bring for the day!

Things not to bring:

Cellphones (be sure to write down anyone’s number who you may want to call during the tournament because there are phone available in the gates)

Cameras (allowed all days but tournament days unless you are press)


Booze or food (there is plenty available in the gate)

If you’re like me and have allergies, I recommend taking an allergy pill the morning before you attend. The flowers are beautiful but make my sinuses go crazy.

Come back tomorrow to read my post about what shoes to wear to the tournament!

Ciao for now!


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  1. A Preppy State of Mind
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    Madeline and I love you and are so blessed to have you in our lives!

    You'll be the cutest person at the tournament on Sunday 🙂

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