Nick and Ray Muellner spent Monday at Augusta National Golf Club, the famed home of the Masters Tournament.
Nick won the tickets, along with a round of golf at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, by winning a raffle that Blackberry Oaks head professional Chad Johansen put together for golfers who took lessons at the club in 2008.
"It was spectacular, man," Nick said. "I love that place. As soon as I started walking on it I dreamt of me playing it."
Ray added: "He got going in golf eight or ten years earlier in his life than I did, and I believe him when he says he might get a chance to play here. I let him drive the rent-a-car right into Augusta. He's 16 years old and he's driving a car into Augusta's parking lot. Maybe in another year or two we could drive in again."
One element of the course that doesn't translate to television caught the Muellner's off guard though: "When we first got there, we wanted to walk one through 18, tee box to green," Nick said. "But that didn't really work out because that place is long with a lot of really big elevation (changes) so we walked in the middle of a lot of holes, but we got all of them."
And what were some of Ray's favorite moments? - "Tom Watson was putting on the practice green and I said 'Thanks Tom' and he gave me a wry smile. I saw Mike Weir on the 10th green. We saw Ben Crenshaw wandering around a little bit."
There won't be a smiliar raffle in 2009, but Johansen has started the Chad Johansen Golf Academy that includes high school academy, putting studio, group clinics, junior camps and business packages where people can entertain clients at Blackberry Oaks.