When the Masters returns each Spring, we always think about the living legend at The Golf Club of Georgia, Bunky Henry. Bunky competed for nearly 20 years on a variety of professional tours, including the PGA TOUR, the Champions Tour and various mini tours. He is also a proud inductee of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
After the most recent Masters, we caught up with him to talk about his annual pilgrimage to Augusta National. Here are the insights from someone who has played inside the ropes at the Masters:
- What were your impressions on this year's Masters?
"It was a great tournament! Every player you thought would be there at the end, was there. The last day was very exciting. Patrick played great and smart; no mistakes. He putted extremely well, too. The two putt he made on 17 was incredible. The course is beautiful and the weather was great."
- What is your greatest personal Masters memory from your two times playing in the event?
"Unfortunately, I didn't play well either time; I played back in 1966. However, the excitement of being over there…since I was an amateur, I got to stay in the clubhouse. Back in those days, you couldn't accept any gifts or you would ruin your amateur status, so they charged you $1.00 for everything."
- What do you feel is the greatest moment in Masters history?
"Gene Sarazen's two on the 15th hole, but that was years before my time. The two greatest that I witnessed was in 1960, Arnold Palmer beat Ken Venturi where he birdied the last two holes to do it; Nicklaus winning in '86 when he was 46 years old and his son caddied for him."
- If you had a chance to play in the Masters again, what two other players would make up the threesome and why?
"Bob Jones and Ben Hogan. Jones because he built and helped design the course, started hosting it and is one of the greatest Golfers of all time. Hogan was my idol. He was a great ball striker, had a great record and I always wanted to play with him. If I got a 4th person, I'd say Jack Nicklaus."