by tom on April 12th, 2011
This past weekend we witnessed the final rounds of this year’s Masters golf tournament. Revered for years, the event is one of the four “major” tournaments that include the US Open, the PGA and British Open. The Masters course is incredibly beautiful with spring dogwood and azaleas in full bloom.
There are many traditions including the winners’ ceremonial donning of the green jacket from the prior year’s champion, but there were two others I was not aware of. The first: each year five amateurs are invited to play and are provided lodging in the Crow’s Nest, a 30’ x 40’ room above the Champions Locker Room and Library at the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse. Do you think that that gives them more time to soak in the traditions? Notable amateurs who have enjoyed this experience in the past and went on to win the Masters: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw.
The other tradition is the champion’s locker room. All former winners of the Masters enjoy the memory and prestige of lockers that are labeled with engraved plates denoting the year they won. Several champions share their reverence for the tradition.
Meanwhile, back at the company break room! Why not create our own company museums and halls of fame to honor achievements and your champions that make a difference to the company’s performance?