By Sally J. Sportsman
When the lovely white flowers of the magnolia tree bloom and their sweet fragrance fills the air, it signals springtime in the South.
To golfers, magnolias symbolize something even more. Driving down Magnolia Lane approaching Augusta National Golf Club signifies one of the more meaningful experiences in all of golf. The historic, private golf club in Augusta, Georgia, which opened for play in 1933, is home to the Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf. While blossoming trees are interspersed throughout the course, the fifth hole, “Magnolia,” is often recognized for its special beauty.
This year, there is a new game in town. Another group of accomplished golfers—amateurs in this case—will have the opportunity to play the majestic course: the much-anticipated Augusta National Women’s Amateur makes it debut this April…