Yuxin Lin missed the cut at the Masters Tournament, but got to spend a final night at Augusta National Golf Club in the Crow’s Nest. Because of the pandemic, each of the six amateurs were invited to stay one night in the living quarters, instead of staying there as a group for the week.
“It was great,” Lin said. “You can feel the tradition there with all of the great players that stayed here before. You can feel it. It’s just an amazing vibe.”
Lin, who plays for the University of Southern California, shot rounds of 79-73 despite making an eagle on No. 13 in his first round. Lin said he spent time in the Crow’s Nest studying for finals until his laptop broke.
“I was doing homework and it kind of crashed,” Lin said. “It’s unfortunate because it’s actually finals week coming up.”
While staying in the Crow’s Nest, the golfers get to choose their dinner. For Lin, a 20-year-old from China, it was short ribs and pecan pie for dessert.
Georgia Tech standout Andy Ogletree (1 under) and Vanderbilt’s John Augenstein (3 under) each survived the cut and will battle for low-amateur honors. Ogletree stayed in the Crow’s Nest on Wednesday. Augenstein declined the invitation.
The other amateurs – James Sugrue (77-71), Lukas Michel (76-74) and Abel Gallegos (79-81) – failed to make the cut.